Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Mar 2006 12:43 UTC, submitted by Anonymous Penguin
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris "Duval details his side of the story: "Fired. Yes. Simply fired, for economical reasons, along with a few other ones. More than 7 years after I created Mandrake-Linux and then Mandrakesoft, the current boss of Mandriva 'thanks me' and I'm leaving, sad, with my two-month salary indemnity standard package. It's difficult to accept that back in 1998 I created my job and the one of many other people, and that recently, on a February afternoon, Mandriva's CEO called to tell me that I was leaving." Mandriva's CEO replies: "Gael was not fired. This term would imply something wrong on his part, which was not the case. He was laid off."
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RE[2]: Blood and Sweat
by davidiwharper on Sat 18th Mar 2006 01:43 UTC in reply to "RE: Blood and Sweat"
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The CEO of Mandriva is Francois Bancilhon, who co-founded the company with Gael. Everyone seems to have this odd idea that we hired a bunch of bloodthirsty bank managers to staff the board somewhere in the middle of 2005, but it's _really_ not true.

According to Mandriva's own website - - your claim about Bancilhon is simply not true. In fact, the official company history referenced above says:

Mandriva was founded in 1998 by three young Linux enthusiasts: Jacques Le Marois, Gaël Duval and Frédéric Bastok.

According to Bancilhon was at SomaLogic in Colarado until November 2002. To quote that press release:

After eighteen months of intensive restructuring, MandrakeSoft is showing extremely positive results: Revenue is up, while expenses have been drastically reduced. The company is now at the stage where it needs an experienced manager capable of taking it to the next level of development, while keeping the Open Source spirit which has always been one of MandrakeSoft's main strengths.

This sounds like an outside appointee to me; whether he is "bloodthirsty" or not is a matter of opinion.

Edited 2006-03-18 01:47

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RE[3]: Blood and Sweat
by AdamW on Sat 18th Mar 2006 02:46 in reply to "RE[2]: Blood and Sweat"
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oops, you're quite right, i'm sorry - I was thinking of jacques (who's president, now, so still in overall control).

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