I've speaken to several of my *current* french co-workers, I must admit that there's still some bad feelings about it amongst two of the three (not just one) edge-it people that didn't leave, but beyond that, there's more positive feelings about it. And the Conectiva department is very happy about the change, given the poor behaviour, attitude and respect shown both towards them and other members in the community.
For the real reasons, every Edge-IT employee I spoke with before leaving said that while they did like the new plans of the new investors, they did leave exactly because the few people who weren't offered a new contract, which made them feel like Mandriva wouldn't be the same place to work anymore, thus declining the contract.
People should rather start asking *who* weren't offered a new contract, and what could be the cause of this?
Firing people is a costly process and gives legal hazzles, terminating them during liquidation of a company is a convenient way to do so without technically doing it, just saying.. Not stating..
Having more insight on these details than you probably have, and also about current situation with daily contact with colleagues and management, I think I know more than you'd happen to know and would have the possibility to learn currently, especially considering many of your rants, speculations, lies about mine and others' employment and what not has sort of made you a persona-non-grata amongst several people within company, so I truly doubt you're up to date on many things..
For those not being offered a new contract, for those I know, I can only say way overdue, might sound a bit harsh, but since 2007 I've been seriously considered to abandon the project, driven away just as intended by some of these people..