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Ch@nnelWeb: Ebiz Acquires Jones, Forms Linux/SCO White Box Powerhouse

Nov 21, 2000, 19:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joseph F. Kovar)

"The Linux and Unix worlds on Monday continued their move to come together, this time on the hardware side, with the acquisition by Ebiz Enterprise of Jones Business Systems. Ebiz, based here, builds white-box systems running the Linux operating system, while Houston-based Jones is a major builder of white-box systems running under SCO Unix."

"Ebiz focuses on building specialized Linux servers, including proxy, file, print and VPN servers, Shaw says. Jones, on the other hand, is the largest builder of SCO Unix systems, he says. The combined company gives integrators a simple, easy path to Linux, Shaw says. "So now Linux and Unix VARs have a single place to come to get their specialized systems built and tested," he says."

"Solution providers with both Linux and SCO Unix offerings praised the deal. The acquisition will help move SCO solutions partners to Linux, says Mike Seidner, owner of Phoenix-based MDS Computer Services. Jones will help Ebiz acquire Unix expertise and might help Ebiz beef up its technical support, Seidner says."

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