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Internet Week: Linux Vendor Buys Rival And Restructures

Apr 30, 1999, 14:02 (0 Talkback[s])

"Linux hardware vendor VA Research said on Wednesday it had agreed to acquire its largest competitor, Linux Hardware Systems."

"VA's president and CEO Larry Augustin said that with the new acquisitions, the company would set up two separate business units..."

"VA Labs would work on building systems based on Intel's IA-64 processor...VA Labs would also work to make Linux more intuitive on the desktop. "Our goal is to help clean up some of the UI pieces by linking key developers with people who understand human interaction," Augustin said. "That's what's needed to push Linux onto the desktop." VA Labs will initially work with the KDE interface..."

"While most adoption of Linux had been on servers, Augustin said he believed IT organizations would embrace Linux on the desktop as well within a year. "I think the commercial desktop Linux market will be big," he said."

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