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Mandrake to Acquire Conectiva

CowboyNeal posted more than 9 years ago | from the changing-of-hands dept.

Mandriva 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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Big day for Mandrakesoft (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773125)

I heard they acquired Conectiva [slashdot.org] earlier.

Come on editors, READ YOUR OWN DAMN SITE.

but did you hear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773151)

they acquired Connectiva?

Re:but did you hear (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773167)

Really? On the same day they acquired Conectiva?

yep (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773195)

it was shortly after they acquired Connectiva.

Re:yep (3, Funny)

hdparm (575302) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773338)

Acquisition went so well that they are now thinking about acquiring Conectiva, as well.

Re:yep (4, Funny)

qewl (671495) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773340)

Your marklars are wise and true.

After marklar chose to obtain marklar, marklar paid a lot more marklar for the marklar than marklar wish marklar had. Other marklar dislike French marklar and want powerful and profitable marklar away from those marklar. But no matter marklar, the best marklar will always be free marklar. Open marklar forever!

Re:Big day for Mandrakesoft (2)

agm (467017) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773183)

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.

Re:Big day for Mandrakesoft (5, Funny)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773326)

Subscribers should have a button in the mysterious future.

Pressing it should sound an alarm and turn a lava lamp different colors.

Taco and Cowboy can get into their superhero costumes and slide down a pole to go and fight the evil menace.

Re:Big day for Mandrakesoft (1)

bsharitt (580506) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773346)

I sent one too. Actually I've sent them e-mail for a couple of other dupes, and they still posted the story, again.

Re:Big day for Mandrakesoft (4, Funny)

DarkMantle (784415) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773208)

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

Re:Big day for Mandrakesoft (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773365)

Wow, so they posted the dupe first? Slashdot is getting good!

Re:Big day for Mandrakesoft (-1)

DrunkenTerror (561616) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773209)

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.

Plagerism!!! (4, Interesting)

crow (16139) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773374)

That was My post 11767258 [slashdot.org] in the original story.

Re:Big day for Mandrakesoft (4, Funny)

jspoon (585173) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773435)

It's a stock swap. No money is involved. So apparently there's nothing stopping them from swapping back and forth acquiring each other several times a day.

Re:Big day for Mandrakesoft (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773226)

Yeah,

Go fuck yourselft CowboyNeal

The "N" Confused them.. (1)

byronmiller (861060) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773227)

Guess the editors thought that meant "N"ew

DUPE DAY (4, Funny)

zoloto (586738) | more than 9 years ago | (#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 [slashdot.org] (212671) on Thursday February 24, @11:27AM (#11767199 [slashdot.org] )
(http://fraggle.alkali.org/)
How do they have the money to do this? Werent they almost bankrupt about a year ago?
[ Reply to This [slashdot.org] ]

Re:How? (Score:5, Informative)
by crow [slashdot.org] (16139) on Thursday February 24, @11:32AM (#11767258 [slashdot.org] )
(http://www.votecrow.com/ | 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*

NEXT!

Mod Parent Up! n/s (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773288)

no subject

Re:DUPE DAY (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773305)

The toilet is clogged. You clog it, you unclog it.

BTW - I don't know where the plunger or the snake went to.

Re:Big day for Mandrakesoft (2, Insightful)

scm (21828) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773350)

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?

Re:Big day for Mandrakesoft (0, Redundant)

yanestra (526590) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773358)

Come on editors, READ YOUR OWN DAMN SITE.
Probably the payment is too low...

geez (3, Insightful)

Quasar1999 (520073) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773127)

Come on... the story is right on the front page still... same title... Are you people completely blind?

Re:geez (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773232)

Actually, the other article is titled "Mandrakesoft Aquired Conectiva". Therefore we've traveled back in time.

Disclaimer: This has been deduced without RTFA.

Re:geez (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773270)

Deja dupe.... ahhhhhhhh! were are in the Matrix(c)! Quick! Run! Agents! Ag.... [carrior lost]

Hey! (1)

lsmeg (529105) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773272)

Don't knock Slashdot for catering to people with alzheimer's. They're people too!

Dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773128)

This is like the third still-on-the-front-page dupe this week, and it's not April 1st.

Big day for Mandrakesoft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773130)

I heard they acquired Conectiva [slashdot.org] earlier.

Come on editors, READ YOUR OWN DAMN SITE.

Dupe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773133)

Don't make me start my day over, CowboyNeal! I'm almost home!

Already done~! (0, Redundant)

bogaboga (793279) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773135)

I thought it's already done. Am I wrong?

Paid for it twice? (5, Funny)

TERdON (862570) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773139)

Conectiva's former owners must have done good business. As we can read at here [slashdot.org] MandrakeSoft paid for it once yesterday too...

Re:Paid for it twice? (1)

Lord Haha (753617) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773253)

I have the brooklyn bridge up for a nice price too...

Re:Paid for it twice? (1)

taj (32429) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773278)


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 quickly complete the Increase of Capital.' Darn, and I thought they were almost over this hump. Looks like a good time to help recruit Mandrake supporters for the Club."

http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=02/12/2 0/ 1815214&tid=147

Dupe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773140)

Acquired and created a Dupe? God's sake editors, scroll down and see the stories on the main page!

not much earlier (1)

imess (805488) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773141)

it's on the same day! on the same front page!

Re:not much earlier (1)

Justin205 (662116) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773241)

But it has a different topic icon. It must be different.

How, you say? Don't look at me... Ask the editors!

Again? (4, Funny)

bsharitt (580506) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773142)

How many times can they acquire the same company in one day.

dupe! dupe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773144)

dupe!

Double Entry Means... (1)

lakerdonald (825553) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773145)

...It's evidently a big deal then.

dupe (1)

MC68000 (825546) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773149)

http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=05/02/24/ 1546209&tid=163&tid=147

Gees, not even left the front page yet!

redundant? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773150)

Uh... http://linux.slashdot.org/linux/05/02/24/1546209.s html?tid=163&tid=147

#1 European Linux company? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773153)

What's the competition - I guess SUSE doesn't count anymore.

Re:#1 European Linux company? (3, Insightful)

Lxy (80823) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773339)

SuSE still owned the linux desktop in Europe last I checked. That being said, they're no longer a European distro as they're now owned by Novell, headquartered in Provo, Utah. Therefore SuSE is no longer a European company, despite the fact that they may still have the market share.

No SuSE doesn't count (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773349)

I'ts not european, it was bought by Novell, a U.S. company.

Repost (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773156)

Slashdot to Acquire Repost

Does this make a difference? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773158)

Does anyone still use Connectiva? I haven't heard anything from them in years.

First Duplicate? (1)

JackL (39506) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773159)

Its a duplicate. Nothing to see here. Move along.

This comment may be a dupe... (3, Funny)

datastalker (775227) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773161)

...but that would fit with the site.

It's still on the front page!

http://linux.slashdot.org/linux/05/02/24/1546209 .s html?tid=163&tid=147

Look at the bright side (4, Funny)

bstadil (7110) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773220)

At least it is not the same guy that submitted the story. I am holding out for Cowboyneal submitting same story twice on same day.

I understand Ladbrook is giving 9:1 currently

deja vu (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773163)

It's so good, they bought it twice!

Harrrrrrrrrr (3, Funny)

hamfactorial (857057) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773173)

^---------^ Holy overreactions Batman!

Memory (1)

lcrypt (754134) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773176)

They want to make sure we got the message, "Mandrake to Acquire Conectiva". It's like when you say something to yourself several times, so you don't forget it...

In other news... (2, Funny)

mpupu (750408) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773184)

In other news, Mandrake acquired Connectiva.

This is good. (1)

beejay54 (781673) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773185)

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!

How? (1)

Stevyn (691306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773187)

How do they have the money to do this? Weren't they almost bankrupt about a year ago?

(this is a joke)

Re:How? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773219)

...thanks to a generous donation from Lokitorrent...

Re:How? (1)

Stevyn (691306) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773285)

actually the joke was finding the first comment modded up to 5 and posting it. I guess it wasn't that obvious, and therefore not too funny.

Can't win 'em all

THIS ISN'T A DUPE! (3, Funny)

EnronHaliburton2004 (815366) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773189)

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 ...

Another fucking dupe! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773194)

I think it's time for some new editors.

The % of shitty stories have sky-rocketed in recent months. Not to mention, rediculous dupes such as these.

Increase their size? (1)

JPriest (547211) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773199)

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?

DISCLOSURE (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773207)

Makedrakesoft, Connectiva and the Broadcast Flag are part of the OSDN network

How to rack up the karma! (2, Informative)

egg troll (515396) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773210)

Go to the previous posting of this story. Find all the +5 posts and repeat them. Score karma! Repeat.

IF YOU'RE REALLY PISSED ABOUT THE DUPES... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773212)

...Then why doesn't everyone submit the duped story en masse and force the editors to clean their queue of hundreds of duped submissions? Pretty rude, I know. But maybe after a few times they'll get the message....

Re:IF YOU'RE REALLY PISSED ABOUT THE DUPES... (1)

thryllkill (52874) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773414)

Actually I only find dupes funny. It is nothing to really get pissed off about. I mean come on, did this dupe really inconvenience you? If it did I think the problem is more with you and less with them.

Yes, the ineptitude of others can be a hassle, but in this case you're really not put out. So maybe lay off the caffeine and come up with a good dupe joke or something. Plots to spam the editors with dupes is just plain childish and stupid.

Connectiva? (-1, Troll)

Richard Dick Head (803293) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773214)

Connectiva? Yeah that'll raise their research capabilities alright....reminds me of a joke:


HP just announced the HAL10000 computer and is displaying their new prize at the computer show. Anyone who cares to, can walk right up and carry on a conversation with the machine. So the first person steps up and the HAL10000 says, "Good Morning I'm a HAL10000 computer, if you will tell me your IQ, we can have a conversation."

Well, the guy responds, "I have an IQ of 160." So the HAL10000 says, "Very well, let's discuss Einsteinium tensor mechanics in close proximity to a singularity event horizon." And so they did.

Later, another guy walks up and exclaims, "My IQ is 110." So the HAL10000 says, "Very well, let's discuss the working of the internal combustion engine." And so they did.

Finally, this third guy walks up and says, "My IQ is 65." So the HAL10000 replies, "Buenos dias senor."

Re:Connectiva? (1)

HokieGeek (753741) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773246)

bravo on the racist joke. real classy

Re:Connectiva? (1)

Richard Dick Head (803293) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773307)

Hey, I was born in Mexico, so I'm allowed to say these things! I think....

Re:Connectiva? (0, Redundant)

zoloto (586738) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773275)

Troll?

No.

Funny at best. Offtopic deserved.

This is a dupe (2, Interesting)

jaymzter (452402) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773216)

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 /.

Probably has been submitted before (1)

hsoft (742011) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773245)

the other story showed up.

Mod parent insightful. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773354)

For serious, if you people want to stop seeing the same stories, check out /.'s search function - it's real easy. It's saved me and the Eds time by me searching real quick. Do it first, we'll see what happens after that.

Re:This is a dupe (4, Insightful)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773400)

<ponder>
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.
</ponder>

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?

Dupe (2, Insightful)

CastrTroy (595695) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773222)

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.

dupe, dupe, dupe ... dupe of Earl (1)

MMHere (145618) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773223)

Watch CowboyNeal screw it up again!!!

previously reported here [slashdot.org]

Holy shit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773224)

Good lord, all you have to do is scroll down, the dupe is on the same fucking page! Is there any kind of accountability at all with ./ editors?

Echo-echo-cho-o-o-o (2, Funny)

Grave_Rose (715146) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773225)

Does anyone know where I can get some Post-It notes [slashdot.org] ? I have this wicked idea about creating a Super Mario mural...

In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773233)

In other news, time now runs backwards.

mirror... (5, Funny)

same_old_story (833424) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773250)

right here [slashdot.org]

Woah (1)

Mozk (844858) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773256)

Déjà Vu. It's like the Matrix. Not because Neo had a Déjà Vu in it, but because it sucks.

Dupped comments (2, Funny)

HokieGeek (753741) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773260)

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?!

Can You Hear Me Now? (1)

klausner (92204) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773296)

King Crimson sez: (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773312)

I repeat myself when I'm distressed... I repeat myself when I'm distressed... I repeat myself when I'm distressed... I repeat...

Duped comments (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773302)

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?!

--
Enterprise downlaoded more [tinyurl.com] than SG-1?!

It's a shame (1)

ErichTheWebGuy (745925) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773322)

... 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.

Lunchtime (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773327)

The one-plus-one-equals-linux dept. needs to have lunch with the changing-of-hands dept.

Cool! (2, Informative)

by hemos (594747) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773334)

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 [baheyeldin.com] 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 FireFox or Konqueror, use Open Office for homework, ...etc.

Moreover, it is also perfectly good as a server for LAMP, Samba, ...etc.

Go Mandrake!

CowboyNeal Zonked? (1)

Filmwatcher888 (595369) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773342)

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...)

I cannot believe its not dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773356)

ofcourse not ... look at the earlier story, all the words were different:

"This morning, both companies issued press releases about the merge. French Mandrakesoft is acquiring all shares of brazilian Conectiva for a total amount of 1.79 million EUR (2.3 million USD) in stock." CNet has coverage of the merger as well. From the article: "This won't elevate us to the status of Red Hat or Novell/SuSE yet, of course, but this is a significant growth for us..."

And the new one

"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.'"

same friggin day (1)

TLouden (677335) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773357)

it's one thing when the posts are on different days, but this is just too sad

question? (1)

dsb (52083) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773359)

Is it redundant if I say that this story is a dupe?

In other news (1)

RelliK (4466) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773363)

Slashdot to stop posting dupes. ok, maybe not.

Conectiva to be Acquired by Mandrake (1)

Darth McBride (749942) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773369)

Be fair and balanced. Report both sides of the story!

A deja vu ... (1)

gbitten (306952) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773390)

is usually a glitch in the Matrix

Obviously... (1)

panth0r (722550) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773391)

One is primarily under business and the other is under Mandrakesoft, so clearly (this is said with some sarcastic tones, I know many of you can't pick up on those) the great editors of this site (again, sarcasm, you smartasses) are trying to distinguish between business an Mandrakesoft... it's really very simple.

--
Wait, the editors are just stupid, sorry.

News Flash (1)

mordors9 (665662) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773397)

Mandrakesoft has acquired Conectiva, again.

In other news... (1)

fieldcomm (685891) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773416)

Slashdot gets stuck in feedback loop.

i was worried (1)

mschoolbus (627182) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773417)

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!

Next time... (1)

crimson_alligator (768283) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773420)

Post the summary in French at least.

Brought to you by... (1)

Mercury2k (133466) | more than 9 years ago | (#11773428)

This article has been brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department.

It's No Dupe (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11773439)

The older story focussed on Conectiva, while this story is more about Mandrake. So that's French on top and Brazilian down below. Just the way this Cowboy likes it.

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<ecode>    while(1) { do_something(); } </ecode>