"Oh dour, depressed Linux investor, happiness is at hand. VA
Linux (LNUX:Nasdaq - news) unburdened the skeptical hearts of Wall
Street Wednesday with 46% revenue growth to $50.7 million in its
fiscal fourth quarter from its third quarter."
"Wall Street had hoped to see improved profit margins for the
firm. Young Cobalt (COBT:Nasdaq - news), by comparison, has perky
margins of 47%, while VA Linux's fiscal third-quarter margins were
a cloudy 17.8%. Tuck away that Kleenex, downtrodden Linux investor,
VA Linux offered up a sparkly gift-wrapped gross profit margin of
22% in the fiscal fourth quarter."
"...VA Linux held on to its customers for repeat business
that brought in 80% of its revenue. No. 1 on the list of
friends to invite to VA's next sleepover was Akamai, which
accounted for 21% of that business. Server sales made up 75% of
VA Linux's business, while a burgeoning professional services
operation accounted for 15% of revenue, with the final 10% made up
by Web-related revenue such as online advertising."
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