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Linux Magazine: Taking Linux Public: Larry Augustin's VA Linux Systems...

Oct 20, 1999, 02:02 (2 Talkback[s])
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"If Linus Torvalds is the Thomas Edison of Linux, the inventor, then Larry Augustin wants to be its Henry Ford, the great mass-market builder. Augustin is the founder and president of VA Linux Systems (formerly VA Research), the Mountain View, CA company that is a leader in the nascent Linux-based hardware market."

"Augustin -- one of the great gossips of the Linux world -- recently took time out from a driving schedule to sit down for dinner with Linux Magazine contributor Lee Gomes. The conversation covered a wide terrain: the work habits of Linus Torvalds, how VA will survive in a world where everyone does Linux, the religious debates in the Linux community, and the characteristics of a certain company named Microsoft."

"LM: Is Linux as good as you like to say it is?

LA: I think Linux isn't as far along as people say it is. Linux has got a lot of benefits, but one of my big concerns is that with all the hype, people will think Linux is going to solve all their problems. And when they go and try it, they'll find it doesn't get the job done."

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