"Even before you open the door, you can sometimes tell how
urgent the person on the other side wants to talk to you. A quiet
knock is polite, well-mannered. A harder knock communicates more of
a desire to hurry up, let's get this open so we can talk.
"Then there's Mandriva. They kicked the door in this week.
"Yeah, that's right, we said Mandriva, the French-based Linux
distro company that has been a reasonably successful desktop
venture, then went in and out of redressement judiciaire
(the French equivalent of the United States' Chapter 11
bankruptcy). Afterward, it bought (among other things) Conectiva,
the number one Brazilian Linux company and former member of the
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