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Mandrake to Acquire Conectiva 196

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the changing-of-hands dept.
An anonymous reader writes "With a press release Mandrakesoft has announced the acquisition of Conectiva. 'Mandrakesoft, the number one European Linux company, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Conectiva, the number one Linux company in Brazil and Latin America. This acquisition is expected to increase significantly Mandrakesoft's size and R&D capabilities.'"
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Mandrake to Acquire Conectiva

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  • by TERdON (862570) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:11PM (#11773139) Homepage
    Conectiva's former owners must have done good business. As we can read at here [slashdot.org] MandrakeSoft paid for it once yesterday too...
  • Again? (Score:5, Funny)

    by bsharitt (580506) * <brandon@sha[ ]t.com ['rit' in gap]> on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:12PM (#11773142) Homepage Journal
    How many times can they acquire the same company in one day.
  • by datastalker (775227) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:12PM (#11773161) Homepage
    ...but that would fit with the site.

    It's still on the front page!

    http://linux.slashdot.org/linux/05/02/24/1546209 .s html?tid=163&tid=147

  • deja vu (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:13PM (#11773163)
    It's so good, they bought it twice!
  • by hamfactorial (857057) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:14PM (#11773173)
    ^---------^ Holy overreactions Batman!
  • by mpupu (750408) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:15PM (#11773184)
    In other news, Mandrake acquired Connectiva.
  • by EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:16PM (#11773189) Homepage Journal
    Come on guys, have some sympathy.

    I mean, once Mandrake aquired Connectiva, they had to reboot to load the new kernel. It's only natural that you'd see the message twice.

    Shessh ...
  • by DarkMantle (784415) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:18PM (#11773208) Homepage
    Actually, there's a big difference between the two. the title of the previous article says "Mandrakesoft Acquires Conectiva" as in it already happened. That post was sent to us from the future because this article says that "Mandrakesoft To Aquire Conectiva" as in it hasn't happened.

    With time travelling news reporters named Trillian from Sector ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha, all of our news will be out BEFORE it happens. CNN's "News As It Happens" is a thing of the past....

    Or is that present.

    Stupid paradox..... :s
  • by bstadil (7110) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:19PM (#11773220) Homepage
    At least it is not the same guy that submitted the story. I am holding out for Cowboyneal submitting same story twice on same day.

    I understand Ladbrook is giving 9:1 currently

  • by Grave_Rose (715146) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:20PM (#11773225)
    Does anyone know where I can get some Post-It notes [slashdot.org]? I have this wicked idea about creating a Super Mario mural...
  • mirror... (Score:5, Funny)

    by same_old_story (833424) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:24PM (#11773250)
    right here [slashdot.org]
  • DUPE DAY (Score:5, Funny)

    by zoloto (586738) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:26PM (#11773259)
    Well, I say everytime we find a dupe - especially one within the same day and on the front page - we just dupe the comments and karma whore till our faces are numb and eyes are pained.

    Just an example:

    How? (Score:5, Interesting)
    by sfraggle [slashdot.org] (212671) on Thursday February 24, @11:27AM (#11767199 [slashdot.org])
    (http://fraggle.alkali.org/)
    How do they have the money to do this? Werent they almost bankrupt about a year ago?
    [ Reply to This [slashdot.org] ]

    Re:How? (Score:5, Informative)
    by crow [slashdot.org] (16139) on Thursday February 24, @11:32AM (#11767258 [slashdot.org])
    (http://www.votecrow.com/ | Last Journal: Monday July 01, @01:30PM)
    It's a stock swap. No money is involved. This is typical of how mergers often work. The companies agree to merge, and they agree what the company being acquired is worth, do some math, and convert the shares of the acquired company into shares of the new company. The math is much like doing a stock split, though the ratio usually involves a number of decimal points. (The accounting for the investors is also much like a stock split.)

    The real question in this case is why is Mandrakesoft's stock worth enough for Conectiva investors to consider this to be a worthwhile deal (as opposed to grabbing on to a sinking ship). I haven't looked at the business side of either company, so I can't comment there.
    .
    .
    Simple isn't it? I think we should all do this and maybe the guys running /. will start to notice... wait.. they dont' even read the front page, how are they going to notice the comments? D'OH!

    *tears up plans and flushes them down the toilet*

    NEXT!
  • by HokieGeek (753741) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:26PM (#11773260) Homepage
    you think a dupped story is bad? some idiots have dupped this article's first post like 50 times!! what is this world coming to?!
  • by LiquidCoooled (634315) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:38PM (#11773326) Homepage Journal
    Subscribers should have a button in the mysterious future.

    Pressing it should sound an alarm and turn a lava lamp different colors.

    Taco and Cowboy can get into their superhero costumes and slide down a pole to go and fight the evil menace.
  • Re:yep (Score:4, Funny)

    by hdparm (575302) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:40PM (#11773338) Homepage
    Acquisition went so well that they are now thinking about acquiring Conectiva, as well.
  • Re:yep (Score:4, Funny)

    by qewl (671495) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:40PM (#11773340)
    Your marklars are wise and true.

    After marklar chose to obtain marklar, marklar paid a lot more marklar for the marklar than marklar wish marklar had. Other marklar dislike French marklar and want powerful and profitable marklar away from those marklar. But no matter marklar, the best marklar will always be free marklar. Open marklar forever!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:46PM (#11773365)
    Wow, so they posted the dupe first? Slashdot is getting good!
  • by jspoon (585173) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @11:01PM (#11773435)
    It's a stock swap. No money is involved. So apparently there's nothing stopping them from swapping back and forth acquiring each other several times a day.
  • by KrackHouse (628313) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @11:12PM (#11773477) Homepage
    Zonk> Damn slashdot junkies are calling us on our sloppiness. What'da we do?
    CmdrTaco> To hell with 'em. We're getting paid peanuts, isn't redundancy the mother of invention?
    Zonk> I read somewhere that redundancy is the mother of invention.
    CmdrTaco> What?
    Zonk> I know you are... But what am I?
    CmdrTaco> To hell with 'em. We're getting paid peanuts, isn't redundancy the mother of invention?
    Zonk> Who's on first?
    CmdrTaco>Yes
    Zonk>What?
  • by simetra (155655) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @11:14PM (#11773494) Homepage Journal
    but... didn't Slashdot run this story already?

    It's really hard to be sure, but I could almost swear...


  • Re:Dupe! (Score:3, Funny)

    by tomhudson (43916) <barbara.hudsonNO@SPAMbarbara-hudson.com> on Thursday February 24, 2005 @11:27PM (#11773547) Journal
    That's right folks - tomorrow, they'll post:

    Mandrakesoft rumoured to be thinking of taking over Connectiva

    Connectiva stock up on rumours of takeover by Mandrakesoft

    Then, Saturday ...

    Mandrake to issue Mandrake linux 9.0

    Then, Sunday

    Mandrake to issue Mandrake linux 8.0

    By April Fools Day, it'll be time to post

    Linus releases version 0.9.0 of his kernel.

    Microsoft releases Windows for Workgroups, DOS 6.2.4

    By Thanksgiving, we'll be seeing

    Ford Motor Co releases the Model T for $640.00

    Christmas:

    Fire good. Me hunt. Cave dry.

    Finally, on New Years Eve:

    Apeman-think - "What ... is ... that ... black ... monolith ... thing ..."

    And start the new year with

    In the beginning, ...

    ... and I used to love the movie Groundhog Day ...

  • Dupe! (Score:1, Funny)

    by Joey Patterson (547891) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @11:28PM (#11773559)
    Don't make me start my day over, CowboyNeal! I'm almost home!
  • by datadriven (699893) on Friday February 25, 2005 @12:22AM (#11773898) Homepage
    On the plus side, at least the topic icon is not a dupe.
  • by David Rolfe (38) on Friday February 25, 2005 @12:37AM (#11773982) Homepage Journal
    It's even funnier when you go straight to the linux.slashdot.org address... then the front page looks like this:

    Mandrake to Acquire Conectiva

    Linux Mandrake
    Posted by CowboyNeal on 2005-02-24 21:09
    from the changing-of-hands dept.
    An anonymous reader writes "With a press release Mandrakesoft has announced the acquisition of Conectiva. 'Mandrakesoft, the number one European Linux company, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Conectiva, the number one Linux company in Brazil and Latin America. This acquisition is expected to increase significantly Mandrakesoft's size and R&D capabilities.'"

    ( Read More... | 21 of 148 comments )

    Ask Slashdot: Building a Linux Computer Lab for Schools?
    Software
    Posted by Cliff on 2005-02-24 14:12
    from the penguins-in-education dept.
    joseamuniz asks: "After giving Linux classes to Secondary School Teachers, I got in touch with a non-profit organization called UNETE. This association has donated 1,523 computer labs to public schools in Mexico. I told them about Linux, and they are interested in equipping a beta computer lab with this Operating System, with Intel PIII, 256 MB RAM PCs. The more they like this lab, the higher chances to include Linux in the new labs donated by this institution." What hardware configurations and software packages would you install on such a machine to show off the real power of Linux in an educational environment?

    ( Read More... | 44 of 428 comments )

    Mandrakesoft Acquires Conectiva
    Linux Business
    Posted by Zonk on 2005-02-24 11:25
    from the one-plus-one-equals-linux dept.
    rednaxel writes "This morning, both companies issued press releases about the merge. French Mandrakesoft is acquiring all shares of brazilian Conectiva for a total amount of 1.79 million EUR (2.3 million USD) in stock." CNet has coverage of the merger as well. From the article: "This won't elevate us to the status of Red Hat or Novell/SuSE yet, of course, but this is a significant growth for us..."

    ( Read More... | 31 of 209 comments )

    That's right, THE DUPES ARE SO CLOSE THEY APPEAR IN THE SAME FREAKIN WINDOW. They are seperated by one -- ONE -- other story. It's a new level of laziness.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday February 25, 2005 @01:09AM (#11774192)

    It seems like, as we step forward, the story goes backward. Someone tell Micheal to post a story:
    Mandrakesoft thinking of acquiring Conectiva?
  • by infonography (566403) on Friday February 25, 2005 @01:42AM (#11774350) Homepage
    it was to Morgana;

    Merlin - What is that root?

    Morgana - Mandrake, the essence of it can prolong the act of love

    Merlin - And if too much is taken?

    Morgana - Pain and Death.

    Relevanice? None. Just liked that bit in Borman's Excalibur.

    And if your wondering what my distro is, it's SuSE, because she wears short skirts and big black leather boots...

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