Ian Murdock arguments for that the recent acquisitions by Mandriva are steps in the direction of becomming based on Debian.
As he states in the article:
Murdock believes that soon Mandriva will need to continue its strategy of acquiring successful international distributions by incorporating one or more of these Debian-based distributions. For a distribution that was originally based on Red Hat Linux, such a move would certainly be huge leap. Given the success of Debian and the recent arrival of Sarge, Murdock thinks that now is the perfect time for Mandriva to consider moving to a Debian-based technology.
But, given the technologies involved, can Mandriva make that jump?
“Not only can they do it, my assertion is if they don't do it, they can't survive,” Murdock said.