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Mandrakesoft Changes Name to Mandriva

Zonk posted about 9 years ago | from the shiny-new-namespace dept.

Mandriva 458

joestar writes "Following its recent merger with Conectiva, Mandrakesoft has decided to change its name to 'Mandriva' for two reasons: "1. The recent Mandrakesoft - Conectiva merger calls for a new identity that better represents the combination of two key companies and their global presence. 2. The long-winding trademark lawsuit with Hearst Corporation has reached a point where we decided it is more reasonable for us to move forward.". Mandrake is dead, long life to Mandriva!"

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Well (5, Funny)

paranode (671698) | about 9 years ago | (#12166145)

I preferred Conedrakesoft, but... whatever...

Re:Well (0, Troll)

Rodney_Hampton (865550) | about 9 years ago | (#12166197)

Good god, could the name be any more lame. I wonder how many dollars were spent in meetings to come up with this new moniker? Inquiry for Mandriva management: If you're going to change your name could you at least come up with something remotely penguin or linux sounding? It was bad enough when your company was named after a duck instead of a penguin. You could have even broken ranks and selected a frog species as the inspiration for your name. There are plenty of species of frogs in latin america and Mandrake is, after all, a French company.

Re:Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166232)

It is rumoured that it was $1,000,000 spent so that "Price Waterhouse" and "Coopers and Lybrand" could merge into "PricewaterhouseCoopers".

Posted anonymously for a reason...

Re:Well (4, Insightful)

eln (21727) | about 9 years ago | (#12166256)

Company names should be fairly nonsensical like this. Naming the company something Linux-ish ties them to exclusively Linux-based products. This is a bad idea not because it's Linux, but because it ties the company to a particular type of product, which limits their ability to spread the brand to other products. Note that most of the "Linux only" companies of the dot-com era (the ones that actually survived) changed their names to something more generic.

Re:Well (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166273)

Because, according to you, Red Hat, Debian or Gentoo are "penguin or linux sounding"? You're laughable.

Re:Well (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166287)

...gentoo is a penguin, just thought you should know.

Re:Well (5, Interesting)

B'Trey (111263) | about 9 years ago | (#12166326)

It was bad enough when your company was named after a duck instead of a penguin.

A duck? A drake is a male duck, but a mandrake is a poisonous plant that is supposed to have magical powers, probably because it's root looks like a human figure. Didn't you ever play King's Quest?

Is there something I'm missing or is this duck thing just confusion because of the word "drake" being in the name?

Re:Well (2, Funny)

ImaLamer (260199) | about 9 years ago | (#12166199)

Cone drakesoft?

Well, it is from France!

Re:Well (0)

Rosco P. Coltrane (209368) | about 9 years ago | (#12166223)

Yeah.. Trouble is, your joke falls flat on its face because "conne" takes two Ns...

Re:Well (1, Flamebait)

Afrosheen (42464) | about 9 years ago | (#12166320)

Moron. He's making a joke about the awful Coneheads movie..when asked where they're from, the Coneheads reply 'we're from France'.

Good they renamed it, but will QA follow? (3, Funny)

ArsenneLupin (766289) | about 9 years ago | (#12166348)

The name change was needed. Indeed, in Luxembourgish, Mandrake litterally means "my trash". And given Mandrake's low reliability the name stuck...

Just let's hope, that with the new name, they'll also improve their QA...

It's better than a few other alternatives, though. (4, Funny)

jd (1658) | about 9 years ago | (#12166396)

Here are other names they might have used...

  • ConMan (well, depending on the quality of the merge)
  • Drake Connect (useful if anyone wants to set up a Romanized dragon dating servce)
  • IvaSoft (Adult themes get searched more than anything else)
  • Floccinaucinihilipilihication [fun-with-words.com] would seem to be appropriate, as would Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis. These would seem to be much more memorable.

Harddriva? (5, Funny)

brontus3927 (865730) | about 9 years ago | (#12166156)

So will all their *Drake tools now be *Driva tools? It just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Re:Harddriva? (5, Funny)

paranode (671698) | about 9 years ago | (#12166240)

Don't forget to compile the kernel modules for your SoundDriva too.

Re:Harddriva? (4, Funny)

Amoeba (55277) | about 9 years ago | (#12166339)

Don't forget to compile the kernel modules for your SoundDriva too.

And do you pronounce Mandriva as "Man-drive-ah" or as "Man-dree-vah"? I'm thinking the first one would be best cause, Snap G! I gots my Soundriva up n running in dis mofo.

Uh.. nevermind.

Re:Harddriva? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166251)

They have been renamed to the equally girly "Duck Tools".

Re:Harddriva? (1)

U1timateZer0 (855425) | about 9 years ago | (#12166384)

"Life is like a hurricane here in Duckburg.
Racecars, lasers, aeroplanes; it's a duck blur.
Might solve a mystery, or rewrite history;

Duck Tools Oooh, ooh!
Every day, they're out there making
Duck Tools Oooh, ooh!
Tales of daring do bad and good
Luck Tools Oooh, ooh!"

Great name! (5, Funny)

waynegoode (758645) | about 9 years ago | (#12166168)


I'm sure glad they didn't pick some wimpy combination of Mandrake and Conectiva. Now the three top distros at Distrowatch [distrowatch.com] (choose last 3 months) will all have great-sounding, easy-to-pronounce names:

  1. Ubuntu
  2. Mandriva
  3. Mepis

Man-driva! (4, Insightful)

nightsweat (604367) | about 9 years ago | (#12166170)

Man...driva, wider than a mile
I'm crossing you in style, someday

This is a belated April Fool's joke, right? That's the dumbest name since International Harvester became Navistar.

In other news... (1)

I_Heat_Sexylaid (675028) | about 9 years ago | (#12166211)

GNAA announce a gee-hawd against Mandriva, noting that they will be forced to invent a new name for their gay-gangsta bar in Compton.

Sigh (2)

wigle (676212) | about 9 years ago | (#12166179)

Another awkwardly named software company.. when will they learn to at least pronounce it first?

Is that the best they could do? (2, Insightful)

Moby Cock (771358) | about 9 years ago | (#12166182)


That name sucks. Is this the best they could come up with. Conetidrake would've been better.

When two companies merge and they change the name, that is an opportunity to come up with a really good name. Mandrake was a good name. Connectiva was a bad name. Mandriva is worse.


Re:Is that the best they could do? (0)

nightsweat (604367) | about 9 years ago | (#12166214)

I think you found the one worse name they could have gone with.


Re:Is that the best they could do? (2, Funny)

Dun Malg (230075) | about 9 years ago | (#12166361)

I think you found the one worse name they could have gone with.


Nah there are plenty worse:
Comandrake (they manage gardeners, right?)
Manconnect (gay dating service?)
Condrake (AKA conservative [google.com] linux)
Mandiva (Drag queen lounge singer?)
Mancondrakectiva (some sort of respiratory infection?)

Not to say they couldn'y have done better than they did...

Re:Is that the best they could do? (2, Insightful)

Erwos (553607) | about 9 years ago | (#12166276)

While I don't think Connectiva was a _bad_ name, I agree with your sentiment that they really dropped the ball on this one. Mandriva only makes sense in the context of a single, little-known corporate merger. In a couple years, it'll be just a bad name.

Dragonux, for example, would have been a better choice. It conjures thoughts of both UNIX/Linux and the dragon - fearsome in some cultures, a harbringer of good luck in others. It also plays on Mandrake's old name.

Mandriva plays on Mandrake's old name, but makes no sense otherwise.


They can't be serious! (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166184)

What's more ridiculous than this name?

Maybe Linspire...

Re:They can't be serious! (1)

wild_berry (448019) | about 9 years ago | (#12166360)

Signor, eet does not sound so baad een Portugese (of Brazil) or ze français (naturalement de La France!). Eet ees ze Eengleesh which makes ze name sound poncaux. In zis way we fart in your general direction!

[Cough] Seriously, Latin America will call it Manned-Reever. And France will call it Mon-Dreever (both with appropriate/respective rolled or throaty 'ar' sounds).

Sounds like... (5, Funny)

mikefoley (51521) | about 9 years ago | (#12166192)

...the name of a tranny stripper..


Re:Sounds like... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166337)

That's "Transgendered Adult Entertainer" to you, perv.

Re:Sounds like... (5, Funny)

Mr Guy (547690) | about 9 years ago | (#12166371)

I read it as "Man dree vuh" and thought it sounded like a small Eastern bloc country occupied by the Soviets after World War II.

Do you haf za news from Mandreevah!

Dah! Vee haf crushed da reseestance in Mandreevah! Long live mother Russia!

Hmm (1, Interesting)

bogie (31020) | about 9 years ago | (#12166193)

Mandriva? How ahh European...

In Mandriva company changes name to _________!

Re:Hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166300)

Is "European" the latest insult in your "country"?

Re:Hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166395)

No, it's been around for two or three years.

Maybe this is a good French name. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166391)

Sure, Mandriva sucks in English, maybe it sounds better in French or Portugese. Mandrake and Connectiva are not US companies, why should they care about American English?

Sounds gay (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166194)

But what else do you expect from the French?

Looks like we now have another soon-to-be-dead Linux company with a faggy name.

Man-Diva (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166198)

Sounds... gay.

Represents WHAT??? (3, Funny)

hesiod (111176) | about 9 years ago | (#12166207)

> the recent Mandrakesoft - Conectiva merger calls for a new identity that better represents the combination of two key companies and their global presence.

How does "Mandriva" "represent their Global Presence?" If I had no idea what they made and was asked to guess, it would be some sort of male driving school... Or a singing fruit (mandarin, Diva)... But in no way does Mandriva make me think "Linux, of course!"

Re:Represents WHAT??? (5, Insightful)

0racle (667029) | about 9 years ago | (#12166305)

Yes, its a terrible name that one does not associate with Linux. They should have chosen a name like Maya, Excel, Trivoli, Firefox, Bryce or Java. You know names that don't just set a product apart but immediatly discribe what it does.

Holy Crap! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166210)

Who cares about this?!

Gay (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166213)

Sounds gay like man-diva
Now it's the windows guys turn to have a good laugh.

All hail! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166216)

I, for one, welcome our new penguin-mutant chimera [wikipedia.org] overlords!

No self-respecting man would install "mandriva" (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166229)

I mean, come on. This is a name just asking to be picked on. I wonder if I'll someday be able to install mandriva on my performa. That would be awesomea.

Unless this is a method for hardening its security-- y'know, everyone picks on mandriva, so it has to toughen itself up. Like naming your son Sue or something.

this is totally stupid (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166239)

"mandriva" just sounds ridiculous. Nobody is going to remember it. They may as well have called it:


which is what I get from

echo mandriva |md5sum

and is about as easy to remember.

Rupaul? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166262)

Ooooh, I thought you said Man DIVA.

my bad.

Microsoft is right.... (5, Funny)

gmuslera (3436) | about 9 years ago | (#12166265)

... Linux MUST be hard to use, see how difficult will be to pronounce the name of most of their main distributions (SuSE with mixed case? Ubuntu? And now... Mandriva? even is hard to pronounce linux [sladen.org]), then installing/using them should be even harder.

Re:Microsoft is right.... (1)

j0e_average (611151) | about 9 years ago | (#12166325)

Methinks SuSE recently became SUSE...but it's only a matter of time before it becomes Novell...and then nothing...at which point the Germans will take it back and it will become....


Thinking that (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166271)

Mangina might've been a better name.

Disturbing name. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166275)

This reminds me too much of the spanish word "maricon", which roughly translates to "queer" or "fag" when used to reference a homosexual.

how about (1)

suezz (804747) | about 9 years ago | (#12166280)


a man diva - now that would been something.

Re:how about (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166373)

Didn't they come from Israel and win the Eurovison song contest a few years ago?

Has anyone else noticed ... ? (5, Funny)

Chromodromic (668389) | about 9 years ago | (#12166302)

That if, say, you're an English speaker unfamiliar with the "i's" long "e" sound, you'll be likely to pronounce it "Man-dreyeva", which sounds like New York slang for "Mandriver", which sounds like gay porn?

Not that there's anything wrong with that ...

Well, actually, for a product name, yes there is. That's awful. God. A name only an engineer could love.

In other news... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166303)

RedHat and Astaro Security Linux [astaro.com] have merged to become Red Ass Linux

All welcome our Red Ass overlords!

Mandriva or Ladydriva? (1)

ettlz (639203) | about 9 years ago | (#12166336)

That's what the person who answered the phone at the car insurance company asked. I told them to mind their own business, and that this wasn't that kind of phone call.

interesting -- deb/rpm based (1)

dalutong (260603) | about 9 years ago | (#12166338)

Mandriva is now merged with conectiva, which funds ubuntu. is this a novell novell/suse/ximian thing?

is the difference in supporting distros with different packaging systems really that minimal?

They're just trying to filter out the females... (2, Funny)

0siris (123757) | about 9 years ago | (#12166350)

I can imagine it now.

Mandriva? Man driva? Woman can drive just as well as men! Sexist company, I'll not be using their distro!

Changing name over and over.. (1)

Fr4ncis (763671) | about 9 years ago | (#12166351)

Isn't all this "easy-changing name" thing in the opensource world a bit confusing for the average user? I think it's a bad idea to change name so easily, like Mozilla did (Firebird, Firefox..)

I hate to say it... (1)

RichDice (7079) | about 9 years ago | (#12166358)

I hate to say it, but I have heard ass that sounds better than this. *sigh*


What? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#12166399)

Apparently Mandriva held a slight edge over the other option, Mangina.

After all, a ManDriva is better than a WomanDriva.
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