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TechWeb: PartnerAxis Website Will Link Linux Vendors, Customers

Feb 01, 2001, 22:13 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paula Rooney)

"The launch of new Linux products by IBM, Compaq, and Borland last week underscores increased commercial acceptance of Linux, yet solution providers remain on the fray of the action. To stimulate interest, one of the founders of Linux distributor Caldera Systems Inc. (stock: CALD) plans to launch a B-to-B marketplace in March called PartnerAxis that is designed to link Linux solution providers with manufacturers and customers."

"Dean Taylor, executive vice president and founder of PartnerAxis, said his history is with Caldera but the B-to-B site will support all leading Linux distributions, including those of Caldera, Red Hat Inc. (stock: RHAT), SuSE Linux AG, and TurboLinux Inc. Caldera last summer agreed to acquire the assets of the former Santa Cruz Operation (SCO) and its Unix-heavy channel."

"We deliver the Linux channel," said Taylor, who added that the database includes names of 100,000 solution providers that have expressed an interest in Linux. "There are 30,000 Linux VARs out there. The website is about delivering solutions on Linux. There is no one site on the Internet where [a customer] can find all Linux [solution providers] and distribution vendors."

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