CNET News.com: Linux demand forces VA Research to outsource
Mar 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."