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WideOpenNews: TurboLinux CEO Follows Amazon's Lead

Apr 14, 2000, 02:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anne Speedie)

"TurboLinux CEO Cliff Miller, a renegade even inside the renegade open source industry, is never afraid to speak his mind. And the fact that TurboLinux remains a private company with no announced plans for an IPO gives him greater freedom to lose money in the pursuit of market expansion. Time will determine whether he's smart and gutsy or whether he's just nuts."

"The TurboLinux strategy, he said Wednesday, "is the Amazon business strategy: Spread far and wide -- and figure out how to make money later." And, he added, speaking to the Chinese American Professionals Association in Palo Alto, "All Linux companies are doing this to some extent.""

"While market share statistics are widely debated, there's no question that Turbo is a Linux powerhouse in Asia. And to Miller, China specifically lends itself to Linux proliferation. Since China's installed base of legacy systems is small, users can "leapfrog over this inferior technology," in a thinly veiled reference to Microsoft."

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