"Last week, the company announced that it would be terminating
the services of all its external contractors, that is those who
work from remote locations.
"This includes Adam Williamson, a moderator for the Mandriva
community forum. Williamson, it may be recalled, figured in these
columns recently, over comments he had made about Canonical, the
company that is behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution.
"Williamson, at times, has made intemperate comments about other
distributions, but those apart he has been an untiring supporter of
Mandriva on many English-language forums and it is difficult to see
why he has been given a pink slip.
"Unless, of course, Mandriva does not wish to have someone
spreading the message that it is a worthy competitor to other
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