The issue that we are discussing concerns the short-term future only.
Since mid-year of 2001, our service and product activities have
increased dramatically -- enhanced by the growing confidence of several
distinguished companies. Since MandrakeSoft's revenue continues to grow
and the company remains on target to become profitable at the end of
2002, it would be a real loss and a great disservice to the huge
community of users for us to cut positions to meet short-term goals
when the future looks so bright.
The company's long term prospect are very good, but we are still paying
for the "sins" of the previous management. Even when the company
becomes profitable, it is important that users have a loud voice to
remind management and investors that the "community" has been -- and
should always remain -- a crucial part of MandrakeSoft's success. As
we've said before, a company that is mostly controlled by business
people & investors would be drastically different than if controlled by