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Mandriva Pink Slips Adam Williamson too

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MDV Well, I was rather expecting this after reading Vincent’s blog this morning, but I have been told that as of December 31st, I’ll no longer be working for Mandriva, as all external contractors are being canned.

Mandriva Axes Vincent Danen

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MDV As of December 31st, my contract with Mandriva will be terminated and I will no longer be working for Mandriva. We’ve got a new CEO now, and he’s determined there is to be no remote contractors, and as a result I’ve been booted from the camp.

Mandriva, gimme a break, will ya?

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MDV So I installed for a second time Mandriva 2009 XFCE. OK, it's not an official Mandriva product, but it's using its packages. And it's annoying.

Mandriva reports its 3rd Quarter results

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MDV Mandriva today reported its financial and operating results for the third quarter 2008. Turnover for the quarter is 0.83 million Euros, trading revenue is 1.04 million Euros, costs are 1.67 million Euros and the operating loss is 0.64 million Euros.

Mandriva Linux 2009 One Xfce released

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Thanks to the Mandriva Xfce volunteer development team, a community Xfce One edition of Mandriva Linux 2009 is now available for download from all official Mandriva mirrors. A list of download locations can be found on the Wiki page. This release gives you all the benefits of Mandriva Linux 2009 along with a fast and stable Xfce desktop.

Distro Review: Mandriva One 2009

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adventuresinopensource.blogspot: I've started distro hopping again on my main machine (Dell M1330 laptop) to keep me on my toes and my first stop on the tour was Mandriva One 2009. I had great things to say about the 2008 release and I was eager to see how the new version would measure up.

Mandriva appoints Hervé Yahi as Chairman – Chief Executive Officer

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MDV (PR): Mandriva, the leading European Linux publisher, today announced the appointment of Hervé Yahi as Chairman – CEO.

Mandriva Linux Powerpack 2009 Review

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MDV Mandriva Linux Powerpack is one of three editions of the Linux desktop published by Mandriva. Mandriva Linux Powerpack is the commercial edition, and costs 49 EUR, or 62 USD. In this tutorial, we take a somewhat detailed review of Mandriva Linux Powerpack 2009.

Also: Distro Test: Mandriva Linux 2009 Kde 4 edition

'Mandriva Linux 2009.0 Review : A Mixed Bag'

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MDV Mandriva 2009.0 features latest Desktop Environments, tools and application to attract more and more users .. Tagged the most user friendly distro , Mandriva 2009.0 try to live up to the expectations … Mandriva 2009.0 packs in a lot of changes including the inclusion of the latest gun of Open Source community.

Mandriva Linux Used to Save a XP Professional PC

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MDV I recently had to recover data from a very sick Dell Dimension computer running Microsoft XP Professional at one of our client sites. As usually happens in these cases Windows had chewed its’ hind legs off and was not working.

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