The founder of Mandrakesoft has been fired by Mandriva...
I have fond memories of Mandrake, from 9.0 up to 9.2, which got me started in Linux in the days where it was about the simplest distro for the new user. Indeed my present attachment to PCLOS was as a result of remembering Texstar due to his unofficial repositories for Mandrake at that time.
By getting involved in Corporate Takeovers and then the inevitable "staff savings" (ie sackings) as the inevitable duplication of work is shedded, Mandrake/iva lost its soul, even before Duval was fired, which just confirmed that point.
The former choice of the Home User, the former favourite of everyone outside the corporate sector (think Linuxquestions, Linux Format mag, but a couple of years ago) had already lost its way. It is trying to take on Red Hat and Novell/SuSE. I just don't see it.
Mandriva Club site discussion on this matter:
Gaël Duval's homepage: