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Desktop Linux distributor Lycoris has been acquired by Mandriva, the company resulting from the April merger of Mandrake and Conectiva. We asked Lycoris founder Joseph Cheek what the deal means for current and future Lycoris and Mandriva users and developers.
Here's what DesktopLinux.com learned . . .
Q1. What made you decide to be acquired?
A1. Our original growth strategy for Lycoris depended on securing an investment that we never were able to secure. Last fall we had some difficulty getting our latest release out the door, and after the dust settled I decided to switch gears and pursue a merger or acquisition.
Q2. Why by Mandriva?
A2. We solicited several candidates. Mandriva was attractive to us because they had a strong sense of community and good technology, they were interested in re-engineering their desktop OS, and they had the desire and resources to back up any commitments they made.
Q3. What are the main benefits of this acquisition to Lycoris? ... to Mandriva?