Today, Xandros' CEO, Andy Typaldos, did a Q & A (spin) about this deal.
I thought I'd add some additional "color" to some of his answers.
Q: What are the financial terms of the deal?
A: Like many private commercial transactions, the financial terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.
Not even to the 100 Linspire shareholders? Robertson, all by himself, sells the assets of the company and doesn't have the courtesy (let alone corporate governance) to communicate with the shareholders? If this deal was good for Linspire shareholders, Robertson wouldn't be hiding, he'd be proudly explaining to customers and shareholders how great this is for everyone. I have a feeling it will take a lawsuit to sort all this out. Where is all the cash Robertson? Did you take it, squander it, or use some legal maneuver to get it and leave the shareholders with nothing? None of these speak very highly of you. Please, prove me wrong, and let the shareholders know where they go to cash in their shares (hopefully for at least $.50 per share, the price I offered you ten months ago).
Q: How many Linspire employees are coming to Xandros?
A: All of the engineering, support, and key sales staff have been retained, apart from a small number of administrative and related resources, given redundancy with Xandros in a number of such areas.
Q: Will Linspire CEO Larry Kettler and other Linspire managers be joining the Xandros management team?
A: Yes, Larry Kettler will be joining our executive management team as VP of Business Development.
Of all the hundreds of employees involved with Linspire over the years, there are only two I'd never do business with again...Michael Robertson and Larry Kettler. Larry was the weakest executive at Linspire, a total "yes man" (which worked out ideally for Robertson these past ten months).
Q: How many employees are on the combined payroll?
A: Xandros has been on a fast growth path for the last couple of years; has an aggressive headcount and revenue growth plan at this time; and is currently in heavy hiring mode. We believe that at this point Xandros is already the third largest Linux Company in the world, and that we may already be the largest private Linux Company in the world.
Spin speak for "not many." As I said, Linspire was apparently down to eight employees, and I know Andy likes to outsource to India. It's unlikely he will ever answer this question directly.
Q: Will Freespire continue to be maintained as an open source project?
Check back on this in six months. Xandros has never had a free, community distro.
Q: Will Xandros maintain separate Xandros and Linspire/Freespire lines of desktop products?
A: Pending further planning, at this point both product lines will be maintained.
Check back on this in six months.
Q: What will happen to existing Linspire/Freespire users?
A: No changes are planned
Check back on this in six months.
Q: What, if any, desktop technologies from the two companies will be combined?
A: No plans are developed yet in that regard.
Further strengthening my belief that this was a cash grab for Robertson and a press release move for Xandros to raise money.
Q: What are the total sales and profits for the combined company?
A: Since Xandros is privately held, these figures are not publicly disclosed.
Q: What are the benefits to Xandros from this deal?
A: It provides Xandros with advanced CNR technologies and Linux expertise. It also enlarges the Xandros customer base and support network.
Linspire has shrunk to relatively no customer base (see link in last question) and gone from nearly 100 employees at one time, to apparently now, just eight.
Q: How does this acquisition affect existing Linspire and Freespire customers and brands?
A: We believe that it will help them, by making them part of a larger community of Xandros users, and by providing them with the support of a large, global, full-product Linux solutions company, with larger product and technology footprint, and greater development, support, and financial resources.
"Larger Xandros community?" Linspire/Freespire probably have more users than Xandros, but that's not saying much. (Note: If an Eee PC user is a "Xandros user," then I'm sure Microsoft would be interested in that. Andy, are the Eee PC users covered under the patent agreement between Xandros and Microsoft?)