Mandriva Fires Founder

Poor financial results have led to the French Linux distributor firing one of its founders and other longtime staffers. (Linux-Watch)

After continued financial losses, Mandriva, the international, French-based Linux distributor has fired a number of employees including one of its founders, Gael Duval.

While the company has yet to spell out who has been let go, news of the firing rapidly spread on the Mandriva Club forum, an official Mandriva Linux community site.

Duval, who was mentioned by name as one of those who was fired, confirmed on his blog on March 13 that "Since the information has leaked, I will post a message in the next few days on this website (or mirror) about why this is the end of the Mandriva story for me, and whats next."

Sources close to the company said that the firings were not confined to any single area of the company. The company foreshadowed this move in its financial report for the first quarter.

In this report, the company declared that "Mandrivas financial results for the first quarter of 2005-2006 are disappointing."

To deal with this, "a swift reaction was required to address the problems and we have already set up a two-pronged strategy."

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