Mandriva's Future Rosy or Rose Colored?
It was over six weeks ago that rumors, later confirmed as true, circulated stating that Mandriva's financial situation was so dire that it was considering buy-out offers to try to avoid having to close its doors. Although the final release of 2010.1 is still absent, news that Mandriva S.A. might be saved was met with sighs of relief and a healthy dose of skepticism.
News broke June 22 on the French technology Website, www.lemagit.fr, that Mandriva would neither have to be sold or closed due to the appearance of some private investors. Mandriva CEO Arnaud Laprévote said that "the community and users no longer need to be concerned." However, some still are.
Laprévote neither named these new investors nor elaborated on any specific business strategies. He did say they were looking for a new business model, and this is what worries some observers.