Re: Sad, but not unexpected
"I understood the Mandrake rename was as a result of the merger with Connectiva Linux."
Yes it was, although IIRC there was a dispute with another company, I can't recall which, over the name Mandrake. Something to do with Mandrake having already been trademarked for something unconnected with IT.
It's sad to see it go but with all the mistakes made, sacking Gael Duval being one of the worst, Mandrake/Mandriva has been an irrelevance for a long time now. That said its legacy is quite impressive. As mentioned there is Mageia, which I cannot get on with, PCLinuxOS, which started as an alternative repository to Mandrake and which is my distro of choice. There are others, like ROSA and Open Mandriva though I don't know if they are still going. Apart from distros there are things like Diskdrake, Harddrake and Userdrake which make it a lot easier to administer the system. So quite a contribution to Gnu/Linux.
The sad thing is, a look at the Distrowatch rankings of a few years ago show how popular it was. Now its gone.
Sic transit gloria mundi.