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VNU Net: Managers flock to Linux startup

Apr 27, 2000, 13:48 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Geralds)

By John Geralds, VNU Net

A group of former executives from AMD, Apple and EDS have set up a company to develop and market Linux based systems.

LinuxSolve, which was formally announced this week, was originally established last year as a portal website for small and medium sized businesses, but it decided to develop products instead.

The company is marketing three server appliances: an entry level server called Intersolve and the more powerful Speedsolve and Websolve systems. LinuxSolve's QuadraSolve Secure Server Cluster is now in beta testing.

Andrew Kaufman, LinuxSolve co-founder and director of marketing, said: "We wanted to have a concrete product and not just be an internet company."

LinuxSolve was formed by president and chief executive Thomas Knapp, who previously worked at AMD and EMC, and Kaufman, who was most recently director of communications at Linux hardware systems startup Penguin Computing.

LinuxSolve's director of technology is Marc Rostzow, who previously worked at Apple. Kaufman said the company has secured several other executives from Fujitsu and Bain and Company, but declined to name them.

"We tried to find out why Linux wasn't penetrating the market," said Kaufman, adding that LinuxSolve's goal is to make the operating system easy to use and secure.

The company has added browser based remote administration tools to the system to simplify setup and administration, and it is using a hardened version of the Red Hat Linux operating system. This ships with several enhanced security features, including protection against so-called stack smashing security breaches and an extension that prevents applications, such as poorly written CGI scripts, from gaining access to restricted system resources.

LinuxSolve will target small and medium sized businesses, ISPs and application service providers through its website and reseller network. The company will sell prepackaged products that include AMD and Intel based hardware platforms, software applications, plus consulting.

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