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Mandrake to Acquire Conectiva 196

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 Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:10PM (#11773125)
    I heard they acquired Conectiva [] earlier.

    Come on editors, READ YOUR OWN DAMN SITE.
    • I reckon. I sent an email saying it was a dupe while it was in "the mysterious future". Not much point if they don't even read those emails.
    • 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
    • Guess the editors thought that meant "N"ew
    • 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 [] (212671) on Thursday February 24, @11:27AM (#11767199 [])
      How do they have the money to do this? Werent they almost bankrupt about a year ago?
      [ Reply to This [] ]

      Re:How? (Score:5, Informative)
      by crow [] (16139) on Thursday February 24, @11:32AM (#11767258 [])
      ( | 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*

      • by David Rolfe ( 38 )
        It's even funnier when you go straight to the 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

        • I didn't even think of that. That's awesome man.
        • Re:Even funnier (Score:2, Informative)

          ... It's even funnier when you go straight to the address... then the front page looks like this...

          Oh yeah? Try this one: []

          Mandrake to Acquire Conectiva

          On February 24th, 2005 with 167 comments
          An anonymous reader writes "With a press release Mandrakesoft has announced the acquisition of Conectiva. 'Mandrakesoft, the number one European Linux company,...
          Linux > Linux Mandrake, Linux Business, Linux

          Mandrakesoft Acquires Conectiva
          On Febr

      • Why not just cook up a script that processes the rss feed and pumps the contents back to slashdot as new story submissions with a variable time delay?
    • I had to reload the page a couple of times. I thought something had gone wrong the first time because it was showing the same story on the top that it was when I looked at /. this morning...

      What does it say about /. when the editors don't think their site is worth reading?

      • While I'm inclined to agree: they could at least require their editors to read every front page article, I do have to say, the editors here won't be reading the front page for their own oedification. Think about it, they read many more submissions each day than we do, they read (presumably) all the distinct stories submitted by users, so chances are they've seen a dozen or more submissions in the submissions log on each story that does end up on the front page. Maybe with all that information it becomes t
      • "What does it say about /. when the editors don't think their site is worth reading?"

        What's it say about the readers when they visit a site that they know the owners don't even care about.

        Says wonders on "we the people" :)
    • Is somebody resubmitting every story that comes up on the front page? A simple article URL search would eliminate 99% of these dupes.

      And they want me to subscribe to this shit? Hah!

    • On the plus side, at least the topic icon is not a dupe.
  • geez (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Quasar1999 ( 520073 ) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:11PM (#11773127) Journal
    Come on... the story is right on the front page still... same title... Are you people completely blind?
  • Already done~! (Score:1, Redundant)

    by bogaboga ( 793279 )
    I thought it's already done. Am I wrong?
  • 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 [] MandrakeSoft paid for it once yesterday too...
    • I have the brooklyn bridge up for a nice price too...

    • deja deja vu

      Mandrake Appealing to Community, Again
      Linux Mandrake | Posted by michael on Friday December 20, @05:11PM
      from the maxing-out-the-credit-cards dept.
      An anonymous reader writes "It seems that MandrakeSoft's short-term financial problem is worse than was thought. A new page on the Mandrake web site says: 'Everyone who is concerned with the company's future is encouraged to read and distribute the following message. In order to reach the next release, MandrakeSoft currently needs to raise cash, and q
  • it's on the same day! on the same front page!
  • Again? (Score:5, Funny)

    by bsharitt ( 580506 ) * < minus language> on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:12PM (#11773142) Homepage Journal
    How many times can they acquire the same company in one day.
  • 1546209&tid=163&tid=147

    Gees, not even left the front page yet!
  • Its a duplicate. Nothing to see here. Move along.
  • 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! .s html?tid=163&tid=147

  • deja vu (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
    It's so good, they bought it twice!
  • by hamfactorial ( 857057 ) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:14PM (#11773173)
    ^---------^ Holy overreactions Batman!
  • In other news, Mandrake acquired Connectiva.
  • Personally I think Mandrake is one of the best distro's for the beginner and anything that helps them build on that is fine by me. Although personally I wish they would take a more serious look at unifying the look and feel like RedHat or SUSE, but I'm sure that will come with time. I proclaim it conectivadrake! Muha!
  • by Stevyn ( 691306 )
    How do they have the money to do this? Weren't they almost bankrupt about a year ago?

    (this is a joke)
  • 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 ...
  • I though MDK just recently became financially stable, now they want to increase their company size? What will they really gain by becomming a much larger company releasing mostly the same exact product?
  • This is a dupe (Score:3, Interesting)

    by jaymzter ( 452402 ) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:19PM (#11773216) Homepage
    Before we go off and slam the editors for a truly horrible week, maybe we should reflect on ourselves. I mean, who is really so blind that the same stories keep getting submitted?? People, check the damn site before rushing to submit a story! You're not planting a flag and won't go into the history books just for getting a story submission on /.
    • the other story showed up.
    • Re:This is a dupe (Score:4, Insightful)

      by LiquidCoooled ( 634315 ) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:53PM (#11773400) Homepage Journal
      If a press release is posted somewhere, its entirely possible for multiple people to read the same story at a similar time. Consider also the syndication via AP or other sites - look at how Google handles dupes, most single news items have 1000s of sites all saying the same thing.

      Each of the readers of these thousands of sites can decide to submit their take on the story, and so for every single bit of syndicated news travelling the web, there could for certain stories be thousands of submissions (i hazard its usually much less though).

      The editors themselves have to filter through all these and find out what interests THEM, what stands out from the rest. They have to read and judge all these, and quite quickly decide which to post. The single story you see could be from a flood of 100 similar "dupes" themselves, so the editor thinks its new and picks the best one at that moment.

      I can quite easily see WHY they happen, perhaps we could help the editors by making a submission scanner and search function. An interface to google news (as somebody pointed out recently, they manage to index very quickly so would catch most) would be simplest I think. Even just using link domains as an initial "this might already have been posted very recently" test would help them out.

      Any perl hacks out there got any ideas?
      • The easiest way would be to just check links in posted stories for the past 3 weeks. If the URL's match there is almost no way it can not be a dupe. If you want to get more complex you can create a hash based on verbs and proper nouns. (For example acquire Mandrake and Connectiva) Based on how your algorithim works you can find other near misses. It isn't THAT hard to write (requires a little though, head to a library they have plenty of papers on the subject with sample implementations).
  • Dupe (Score:3, Insightful)

    by CastrTroy ( 595695 ) on Thursday February 24, 2005 @10:20PM (#11773222) Homepage
    Can't the editors at least look at the front page to see if the story is a dupe? Sometimes I think they do it just to rattle our bones.
  • Watch CowboyNeal screw it up again!!!

    previously reported here []

  • Does anyone know where I can get some Post-It notes []? 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 []
  • by Mozk ( 844858 )
    Déjà Vu. It's like the Matrix. Not because Neo had a Déjà Vu in it, but because it sucks.
  • 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?!
  • ... that we can't moderate the article -1 redundant.

    In fact, this brings up a good point. Maybe such an article-moderation system would give the editors feedback as to which articles we want to see.

  • Cool! (Score:2, Informative)

    by by hemos ( 594747 )
    Being a Mandrake user for several years, I am happy to see that they overcame their financial difficulties and are in a position to expand.

    Apart from the botched 9.2 upgrade debacle, they have a distro that I can use for a Linux home network [] without spending too much time on it. I have four machines running Linux at home, and don't want to spend a lot of time on each configuring it.

    They are also familiar and friendly enough for my kids to use it as their only desktop. They get to play their MP3, use FireF
  • Folks, at least scan the front page. You had me hitting my refresh button in 14 different combos before I realized that it was YADA YADA YADA (Yet Another Dupe, Again... Yet Another Dupe, Again... Yet Another Dupe, Again...)
  • it's one thing when the posts are on different days, but this is just too sad
  • Is it redundant if I say that this story is a dupe?
  • Slashdot to stop posting dupes. ok, maybe not.
  • Be fair and balanced. Report both sides of the story!
  • is usually a glitch in the Matrix
  • Mandrakesoft has acquired Conectiva, again.
  • Slashdot gets stuck in feedback loop.
  • After I read the first story, I thought, wow... Was I dreaming?

    When the 2nd story came out I knew, I knew without a shadow of a doubt that I was awake during work!
  • Post the summary in French at least.

  • This article has been brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department.
  • by powerlinekid ( 442532 ) * on Thursday February 24, 2005 @11:02PM (#11773441)
    For the first time ever I emailed that this was a dupe to the editors before it was put on the front page.

    I even linked to the story and mentioned it was on the frontpage.

    So now we know they not only don't read their site, but they don't read email about their site. Which leads to the question of... what do you actually do? You don't edit. You submit anything Roland whatever posts. You post shit that has already been posted. You let Michael post amaingly misleading items.

    Bah I'm done. Well heres one less subscriber...
  • Pick up a few good mirrors on this side of the pond? Im wondering if it will take until Christmas for me to get my hands on a 10.2 OE DVD. (yes i do know that it will be a month or so for CE) First On Topic Post!
  • 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?
  • Oh no, first they aquired it, then they have plans to aquire it... time must've started going backwards... Everyone, grab something and hold on!
  • Everytime that Slashdot dupes a story and I load up the homepage, I get this weird feeling, much worse than deja vu :P Like I just got sucked back a few days.. or in this case, a few hours

    On CowboyNeal / Timothy days, I feel like that all damn day.. talk about net-lag
  • but didn't this happen recently on a story about a star exploding? Maybe, Mandrakesoft (star logo) is coming completely back from bankruptcy, and therefore this had to be reported twice.
  • 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...

  • C'mon CowboyNeal, CmdrTaco, Zonk, Timothy, et. al. would it be too much to ask for you people to check published articles over the past 24 to 48 hours? Keep this up and the Dailyshow will mocking the great slashdot.
  • It is now official - Slashdot has confirmed: Slashdot Dupes are here to stay

    Yet another duped story bolstered the imitative Better Slashdot Dupes psyche when recently IDC confirmed that Better Slashdot Dupes accounts for a majority of all news stories. Coming on the heels of the latest Netcraft survey which plainly states that Better Slashdot Dupes has copied more stories, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. Better Slashdot Dupes is replicating in an exponential fashion, as fittingly
  • 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...

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

      Indeed! Not just for wierd Germans anymore...

      Wrenching this thread back OT, though, wasn't Connectiva a UL partner? I wonder if they use Yast in their regular distro as well?

  • So.. if you want to get your story submitted to slashdot, just pick one that's on the front page already?

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