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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Mandriva team is at the moment in a very bad situation.
No real strategy and no decision for a while now, even if CEOs have changed several times these last months. Hervé Yahi, end of 2008 (now CS0), Stanislas Bois (was CFO before), then now Arnaud Laprévote.
While he was mandated by the main shareholder Occam Capital (and its representative Marc Goldberg, President of the Board of Mandriva), Herve Yahi was looking for potential buyers, unsuccessfully it seems. However in November 2009, the iEurope company (idoo portal) proposed a plan but no action had been given by Mandriva.
A recent « leak » (although I don’tknow if it really was unintentional or not, because it can be a way to get interest of potential buyers) of a report of the Board of Mandriva has publicly revealed that discussions were underway between the direction of the company and two companies: Lightapp and Linagora.
I have had no information on the draft Lightapp by Arnaud Laprévote, so I can not comment this project. Regarding Linagora the interest shown by Alexander Zapolsky for Mandriva is not new, a first attempt failed in 2007.