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Attempts to contact former Mandriva developers have drawn a blank. Either nobody knows or nobody is telling. Open source, it would appear, does not mean open communication.

Back in January, things were a bit clearer. At that time, Mandriva dramatically announcedthat it would have to shut its doors by the 16th because one of its main shareholders had refused to accept a recapitalisation plan.

Chief executive Dominique Loucougain took the trouble to write a two-page letter, explaining that LinLux, formerly known as Occam, had turned down the plan.

He said another investor, Townarea Trading and Investments, had offered to bear the entire €4 million recapitalisation. This recapitalisation was first proposed on September 30 last year; LinLux objected to it at the time because there no contract between Mandriva and a Russian firm, Rosa Labs, which was at the time involved in development of the Mandriva GNU/Linux distribution.

Loucougain wrote that, following this, Rosa and Mandriva had entered into a contract and a fresh meeting of shareholders held on December 5. But at this meeting LinLux, which owns 42 per cent of Mandriva, had rejected both recapitalisation schemes proposed.

One scheme proposed a capital increase of €4 million reserved for two main shareholders, Town Area and LinLux, and reduction of capital of €6.3 million carried by the two.

In the event of either shareholder not agreeing, the capital increase of €4 million was to be reserved only for shareholders who had subscribed to the capital increase, and the reduction of capital of €6.3 million would have to be supported by the two main shareholders.

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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