Finally, after weeks of uncertainty, we've just received a press release from Mandriva, and we're pasting it verbatim so you can read the news for yourselves. Let us know what you think this all means.
Mandriva restructures to establish European leadership
Paris, 7th July 2010 - Mandriva is one of the cornerstones of Open Source, a
technological pioneer offering the sole independent Linux distribution on the
European market. Nevertheless the company has been faced with a mounting
financial challenge for several years due in part to its size and lack of a
clear publishing strategy.
Mandriva also plays a strategic role in the Paris Saclay innovative ecosystem
centred on the Pole System@tic Paris Region and Cap Digital. The company is
involved in a dozen R&D projects in partnership with some 60 research and
industrial laboratories working on themes such as the semantic desktop, Linux
Real Time distribution, shared infrastructures or cloud computing.
This explains why a group of entrepreneurs, associated with the founding
investors, has drawn up an ambitious industrial plan with the aim of saving
from bankrupty and relaunching the company. Mandriva finds itself at the heart
of a European assembly of Open Source software players which will occur in the
coming monthes. IF Research parent company of the european software
editor Wallix will lead this operation.
Mandriva is thus at the heart of a business combination that will take place
in Europe next month among several players involved in free software. In
France, IF Research, parent company of the software editor Wallix will
accompany Mandriva to conduct these operations.
At the heart of this strategy, Mandriva Linux will be distributed exclusively
by a sales and integrated IT network, as well through OEM partnerships
(Original Equipment Manufacturer) in the EMEA (European and Middle East) and
BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) zones. A professional offer aimed at the
major business markets (Education, Industry, Services, Retail) will meet the
demands of clients seeking alternative and economic options in the field of
heterogenous IT systems management. This offer will be unveiled in the second
half of 2010.
In the meantime, and in the short term, Mandriva has begun a drastic program
of structural cost-cutting as well as raising funds to redress the financial
balance and assure the long-term future of the company. Negotiations are
undrerway with new investors who will be presented at the company's next
general board meeting.
Mandriva has already welcomed two new board members - Jean-Noël de Galzain,
President of IF Research and Wallix, Vice-President PME of Pôle System@tic
Paris Région, and Bertrand Glineur, formerly DSI of Crédit Foncier de France,
and member of the GCE business board. Their goal is to help the management
team set up by Mandriva CEO Arnaud Laprévote to complete the restructuring and
implement the new strategy which will be revealed in detail at Mandriva's next
« By bringing together IF Research and Mandriva, two highly complementary
units, Mandriva will be able to strengthen its strategic position, »
explained Mandriva CEO Arnaud Laprévote.
« Mandriva owns in its DNA all the requisites of an Open Source world leader.
A community of 3.5 million users, a leading position in the BRIC zone, and
prestigious clients in both the public sector and major business, » stressed
Jean-Noël de Galzain, President of IF Research. « The company will focus first
on its profitability and the promotion of a new commercial dynamic based on a
range of innovative products offered through a channel of Value Added
Mandriva will shortly launch its latest distribution: Mandriva Linux Spring
2010, which can be downloaded from the Mandriva site http://www.mandriva.com .
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