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Confirmed: Mandriva in Acquisition Talks

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After years of fiscal ups and downs, it now appears Mandriva S.A., makers of the Mandriva Linux distribution, may be up on the seller's block.

Reports from the community site Mandriva Linux Online (MLO) this weekend indicated that Mandriva appears to be the flower around which two bees were buzzing: namely, UK-based software-as-a-service provider lightapp, and the French open source software firm LINAGORA.

It now appears that one of those companies, LINAGORA, has confirmed that it is indeed in discussions with Mandriva for a possible investment or acquisition. A (translated) statement from the press release indicated:

"LINAGORA is a major player in the innovation of Open Source software and is thus searching for any opportunities to develop and reinforce its leadership position in France and in the world... For this reason, discussions are in progress with Mandriva to purchase outstanding shares of the company."

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