Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th May 2010 13:48 UTC
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris If there's one Linux company that has seen lots of ups and downs it's the Paris-based Mandriva S.A. They have a great distribution, but as a company, they've always been on shaky grounds. First a rumour, now confirmed: the company has put itself up for sale - which, as the community points out, isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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RE: Comment by talaf
by merkoth on Tue 11th May 2010 14:07 UTC in reply to "Comment by talaf"
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Statement is a bunch of legal talk, then saying ad stuff about Linagora trying to strengthen its position in the OSS world.

They then say that they're negotiating to buy a part of Mandriva ("actifs" in french could mean people/structures/hardware/software/IP... basically anything mandriva "owns" or manage). They also say they will not comment further before the end of the negotiations.

If another frenchie roams around here and could clarify what "une partie des actifs" means legally (better than I do, I'm a CS/math major ^_^).

I'm no frenchie, but spanish isn't all that different from french. At least in spanish, a company assets can be divided in two classes called "active" and "passive". Active is everything your company "owns" (from chairs and computers to any kind IP they might have), including money other people/companies owe you. Passive is everything you company owes.

So, "A ce titre, des discussions sont en cours avec Mandriva pour étudier le rachat d'une partie des actifs de la société." means something like:

"At this point, discussions are in course with Mandriva to study the acquisition of part of the company assets."

Edit: Clarifications.

Edited 2010-05-11 14:09 UTC

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