OpenMandriva Picks Name, Releases Alpha

by Ostatic Staff - May. 21, 2013

While the rest of Linuxdom was reading of the Debian 7.0 and Mageia 3 releases, the OpenMandriva gang have been hard at it trying to get their new distribution some attention. The OpenMandriva name was made official and an alpha was released into the wild.

On May 6, João Patrício announced that official name for the community Mandriva/ROSA distribution had been decided.  As predicted, and is now obvious, OpenMandriva beat out other contenders such as Moondrake, OpenMDV (which would probably be pronounced the same), Lomax, and ROMA.

And if that wasn't enough excitement for a Tuesday night, Bernhard Rosenkränzer recently announced a tech/developer preview or alpha. Not much information accompanied the announcement except that a grub issue was addressed and the new branding is replacing ROSA's. Rosenkränzer said, "This should be good enough to get up and running..." It's a live image and it looks very much like we remember. We'll check back again soon.