Here comes the Spring: a new life cycle for Mandriva Linux.
Posted on: 01/20/2007 04:14 PM

An announcement from Mandriva:

Paris, January 19 2007 - Mandriva, the global Linux distributor, announces a new Mandriva Linux release schedule.

Customers and partners can sometimes make a difference. In accordance with their feedback and Mandriva's analysis of the overall advantages and drawbacks of the longer development schedule, Mandriva decided to adjust the life cycle of the consumer oriented products to a shorter 6 month period.

Mandriva corporate product line will keep on its 18-24 months rhythm, with a standard 5-year support lifetime. Mandriva's base system life cycle also remains the same: it has been decided to keep a stable kernel foundation for a full year, to ease the work of ISVs and hardware vendors. This yearly kernel foundation is used by all Mandriva products, and is updated each quarter to support new devices.

"With this updated release schedule, we will keep on introducing the latest technologies from the community to provide a really fresh and up-to-date distribution to all the Linux and free software enthusiasts, and by preserving our yearly base system release cycle, we will continue to provide a solid and stable operating system for Linux newcomers and for partners such as ISVs or hardware vendors," explains David Barth, CTO of Mandriva.

This spring, Mandriva users will enjoy a new version of Mandriva Linux. Built on the current Mandriva development branch, this new version will provide up-to-date and newly released open source software. Also expect some new breakthrough technology, to be announced shortly. The name for this new version is Mandriva Spring. It will be available in the following editions:

* Free (the purely free Mandriva Linux)
* One (Live/Install CD)
* Discovery (Live/Install DVD for beginners)
* Powerpack (for power users)
* Powerpack+ (for SOHO)

About Mandriva
Mandriva, formerly known as Mandrakesoft, is the publisher of the popular Mandriva Linux operating system, one of the most full-featured and easy to use Linux systems. The company offers its enterprise, government, and educational customers a complete range of GNU/Linux and open source software and related services. Mandriva products are available in more than 140 countries through dedicated channels and also from Mandriva Store, the company's online store. Born in 1998, the company has offices in the United States, France and Brazil.
More information at: http://www.mandriva.com



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