This is what they are saying officially and I received it two days ago.
I think they have learnt their lesson and the chances are that they will be around for some time. In case some thing happens then we have Mandrake 9.0 [ soon 9.1 ] as a starting point because from that version onward it is entirely GPL nothing will be lost.
If some of you are ready [ minimum 25 PLUC members ] then we can request for a special discounted rate. IF you are willing then send me PM giving your real name, postal address and email . If I receive sufficient numbers then will proceed. It is about time that we as Pakistani's give some thing back to help save Mandrake. This is more important now that Mandrake has been gradually providing more support for Arabic Script Based Languages among all main line Distro's. We need to support Mandrake not for the sake of saving Mandrake but for our sake.
Flash: MandrakeSoft status
On January 27th, 2003, confirmation was received from the French
Commercial Court that MandrakeSoft had been granted a six month
observation and protection period to establish a continuation plan. This
protection period provides the ability to renegotiate the Company's
current liabilities. A court-appointed administrator has been named to
assist MandrakeSoft during this process.
MandrakeSoft welcomes this latest news as a positive step to achieving
solid financial restructuring which will make the company profitable.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all Mandrake
supporters who purchased Club memberships and Club renewals or boxed
products as a response to the December membership drive. Your
participation allowed MandrakeSoft to enter the current proceedings
optimisticly and in a position of strength.
The level of Club subscriptions will also greatly influence the speed
of the company returning to a normal situation.
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