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"Dear Community – II" from Mandriva

The Mandriva blog has another letter to the community with very little in the way of actual useful information. "The Mandriva Linux project has the right to be given a space in which it may expand and the contributors and afficionados a place where they can express their talents. We are precisely working on this right now and during the next two weeks. We will announce the direction we intend to give to the project during the third week of May. It makes no doubt that it’ll be difficult to satisfy each an every expectation and wish, as they’re many of them and some are not compatible with the other, but we’ll try to achieve what can be useful and most promising for the community and, with it, the Mandriva Linux project."
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"Dear Community – II" from Mandriva

Posted May 3, 2012 0:43 UTC (Thu) by theophrastus (guest, #80847) [Link]

I will never forget an all-company-meeting wherein the CEO stated with a big smile that the company was actively pursuing space and opportunities "in which it may expand"; by the end of the month the company was sold. all but the accountant was laid-off. (by-the-bye, accounting is the job you want: first to be hired, last to be fired. because they know where the bodies are buried). so i'm always a little chilled by organizations that are "seeking space".

"Dear Community – II" from Mandriva

Posted May 3, 2012 12:56 UTC (Thu) by JEFFREY (guest, #79095) [Link]

Not to stray too far OT; when I hear these sorts of anecdotes, I wonder which percentage of such announcements are foreboding of Corporate doom, versus which percentage don't.

Do 70%, 80%, 85%, of these announcements precede mass lay-offs, or is it just 5% or 10%?

"Dear Community – II" from Mandriva

Posted May 3, 2012 17:00 UTC (Thu) by szoth (subscriber, #14825) [Link]

42.5% to be precise.

"Dear Community – II" from Mandriva

Posted May 3, 2012 18:36 UTC (Thu) by theophrastus (guest, #80847) [Link]

To be sure the memorable such events wherein one is laid off tend to be the memorable ones [wink]. But yes, 42.5% strikes me as a fair and proper estimate; or at least "one e-th" (1/exp(1))

good luck to Mandriva in anycase.


Posted May 3, 2012 20:30 UTC (Thu) by man_ls (guest, #15091) [Link]

Isn't that perchance the exact percentage of statistical facts that are made up on the spot?

"Dear Community – II" from Mandriva

Posted May 4, 2012 7:28 UTC (Fri) by AlexHudson (guest, #41828) [Link]

Generally when a company does get to that stage they will be seeking external investment, as a way of avoiding doom, which would often be predicated on some artificial growth plan as the reason for the investment.

So yeah, that kind on Monte Carlo or bust strategy is pretty common, and a recognizable death spiral if you've seen it a few times :)

"Dear Mandriva – II" from community

Posted May 17, 2012 15:16 UTC (Thu) by gvy (guest, #11981) [Link]

I think they have sort of Duval way and sort of Komissarov way, and these two are mutually exclusive...

Good luck, Mandriva.

"Dear Mandriva – II" from community

Posted May 18, 2012 2:37 UTC (Fri) by proyvind (guest, #74683) [Link]

FYI: There are no longer any official relationship between Mandriva and ROSA, haven't been for over a half year.
They're both still heavily involved with the Mandriva Linux regardless of professional relationship between the two companies though.

"Dear Mandriva – II" from community

Posted May 18, 2012 7:35 UTC (Fri) by gvy (guest, #11981) [Link]

Thanks, I stand corrected:
Good luck, Mandriva Linux.

And it's sincere.

"Dear Mandriva – II" from community

Posted May 18, 2012 8:03 UTC (Fri) by proyvind (guest, #74683) [Link]

It's appreciated:)

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