Mandriva, the once most popular GNU/Linux based distribution, is slowly recovering from the turmoil. The company is making a comeback with a very tight focus.
They joined the Linux Foundation, announced the Mandriva Business Server and stated they will focus only on the enterprise segment and now they are making serious inroads into the high-profit automotive industry through F1 racing.
According to a company statement, “As the automotive industry is moving towards the rapid inclusion of intelligent systems and autonomous driving capability, Mandriva wants to position itself as the reference operating system that will power tomorrow’s cars efficiently and securely.”
Mandriva has signed a deal with some leading French, Italian and German car manufacturers to use MEAL (Mandriva’s embedded automotive Linux) in their racing cars. MEAL will enabled F1 drivers and teams to do a real-time monitoring during an event and this data can be critical for the winning team.
Mandriva will also invest heavily in Qt, a technology used prominently in the automotive industry.