Since we are located down the road from Red Hat, you would assume that there might be stronger ties between our project and that distro.
And by “ties” I mean, well, we run on Red Hat and that’s about it.
Outside of running on their distro, I did have a conversation many years ago with Paul Santinelli when he came over with the NOCpulse acquisition, and I sent an e-mail about getting OpenNMS into Red Hat Exchange (which was returned with a “don’t call us, we’ll call you” reply) when it was announced. Otherwise we are pretty much ignored.
On the other hand, we’ve been in close contact with the folks at Mandriva for years, especially Walt Pennington out on the west coast. They’ve been wanting to get OpenNMS on Mandriva for some time, but due to issues with Java, Tomcat, etc., and our packaging it was hard.
With the reworked packaging in the 1.3 branch of OpenNMS, Ben was able to get a repository set up so that Mandriva users can easily install OpenNMS using urpmi. I hope this will encourage more Mandriva folks to try out our product. It’s the least we could do for all the kindness Walt has shown us in the past.