Originally Posted by saptech
I went from using the so-called hard distros to Mandriva around 2008, up till 2011 or whenever Mageia forked and started it's own.
Actually Mandrake / Mandriva was quite popular among hard core Linux users because it was well sorted, stable, and had plenty of "power user" packages available for it, while still having the convenience of a solid graphical management utility. But without the distro's founder, GaŽl Duval, who got the sack in 2006, Mandriva withered on the vine, and ceased doing business by 2010. The occasional new releases are mere shadows of the Mandrake distro that I loved and used exclusively before the men in suits ruined it.
Mageia is not so much a fork as a continuation of GaŽl Duval's vision after the profit-takers ruined the Mandriva company. Time will tell if its star ever shines as brightly as the original Mandrake's.