IT World: Analysis: Turbolinux Challenged in Tough Linux Market
Jul 26, 2002, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Krazit)
"An effort aimed at publishing a Linux version that runs
software programs from four different distributors of the
open-source operating system could be in peril as Turbolinux Inc.
struggles to stay afloat. But even if the company manages to stave
off layoffs and office closings, an unfocused business model has
the company headed in an uncertain direction that could kick off
consolidation of the Linux distribution market, analysts say.
"The future of Turbolinux looked bright after the Brisbane,
California, company joined with three other Linux distribution
companies earlier this year to create UnitedLinux, a joint effort
whose ultimate aim was to make the operating system more viable in
the corporate market. However, reports surfaced this week that
cloud at least the company's immediate future as word circulated on
the Internet that Turbolinux had shuttered its headquarters.
"The president and chief executive officer of Turbolinux,
Ly-thong Pham, issued a statement to Linux Today, an industry
publication, that while the U.S. office is being restructured, the
company remains open for business and will provide more details on
restructuring plans next month..."