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CNET News.com: Mission Critical Linux snags $20 million

Jun 20, 2000, 01:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"General Atlantic Partners has invested $20 million in Mission Critical Linux, a company populated by numerous former Compaq employees who plan to make Linux as burly as its Unix cousins. Unlike several other Linux start-ups, Mission Critical Linux doesn't plan to use the cash to fund aggressive expansion efforts. "We believe we have critical mass at the moment" with about 80 employees, said chief executive Moiz Kohari."

"The company hopes to make more of a splash in two weeks, when it plans to release software to the open-source community that will make Linux computers able to take over from one another if a linked computer crashes, Kohari said. Other companies, including Red Hat, Cobalt Networks, and Steeleye Technology, are working on similar products, in general referred to as "failover clustering."

"To write all this software, Mission Critical Linux has hired many old Unix hands from Compaq, IBM, Sun Microsystems and others, Kohari said. The employees include several of the original architects of Digital Unix, which became Tru64 Unix in 1999 after Compaq acquired Digital in 1998, as well as Digital's OpenVMS operating system."

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