Loads of people were let go at Mandriva. Furthermore, lots of people had been let go at that time. There was a real warning message that Mandriva might go bankrupt. It still feels like Mandriva is about to go bankrupt.
Criticizing people for choosing their own way: If you treat your employees like above and lots of uncertainty, I don't think you're allowed to criticize.
FWIW: I've been a Mandriva user for when it was still called Mandrake. Running Cooker for ages. Still biased, because only at Mageia I felt the "hey, let's contribute" atmosphere.