PCLinuxOS more popular than Mandriva in Distrowatch
PCLinuxOS 2007 Test 3 came out yesterday, and I noticed, in the Page Hit Ranking of Distrowatch, PCLinuxOS has more hits (1140) than Mandriva (1031).
I used Mandrake (now Mandriva) years ago.
When they started having a club, where you have to pay at least $66 or 60 € a year to get extra (often needed) packages, I left, as did many others.
Kicking Gaël Duval, the original founder of Mandrake, who is now setting up Ulteo, an Ubuntu based distro, out of Mandriva also does not help to stay popular as a distro.
Mandrake was the first distro that tried to make Linux popular and easier to use on the desktop, now with Mandriva it seems to have forgotten how to do that.
My guess is, that with the attempts to fix its financial problems, Mandriva forgot to keep an eye on the one thing that makes any distro big: The users.
PCLinuxOS is derived from Mandrake, as is its popularity, and has not forgotten how to make an easy to use and configure Linux desktop distro.