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Upside: Open Season [Q&A with Turbolinux CEO Cliff Miller]

Oct 27, 1999, 18:09 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"It's hard to decide which fictional character best relates to TurboLinux Chief Executive Officer Cliff Miller, Don Quixote or Don Corleone.

Like the Cervantes hero, both Miller and TurboLinux seem blissfully unaware of their surroundings. The smart money in the market lined up long ago behind dominant Linux player Red Hat. Yet TurboLinux happily believes it can use its status as the top distributor of desktop and server operating systems in Japan as leverage for invading the much-larger North American enterprise market."

"Then, of course, there's the Corleone side. Since the name switch, TurboLinux has reeled off a series of high-profile partnerships that make you wonder who's pulling the strings. ..."

"Behind all the machinations stands a figure who is colorful even by the offbeat standards of the Linux community."

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