CNET News.com: Linux demand forces VA Research to outsourceMar 30, 1999, 22:18 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The demand for Linux computers has apparently outpaced one manufacturer's ability to keep up."
"VA Research will soon hand off more of its manufacturing to Flextronics, according to a VA Research executives."
"Flextronics, which has been making VA's Linux-based workstations for two months, is in the process of taking over server production as well, said Daniel Shore, VA's vice president of operations. The company's unit shipments have increased more than 300 percent since November, and by the end of the year VA will have manufacturing capacity for tens of thousands of machines per month, Shore said."
"VA's current manufacturing employees won't be laid off, but instead will continue making more powerful "multiprocessor" Linux machines, he said."
"The alliance with Flextronics, along with Intel's investment in VA, gives the company an anchor of stability amid the choppy seas of the Linux market as the Unix-like operating system grows in popularity. It could also reduce the time needed to deliver custom-configured Linux systems to customers to three to five days after they order."
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