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CNET News.com: Lineo snaps up another embedded Linux firm

Mar 21, 2000, 01:38 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Lineo has made its fourth acquisition in six weeks, snapping up Moreton Bay Ventures to boost its effort to push Linux into non-PC devices."

"Moreton Bay Ventures, a 15-person company in Brisbane, Australia, specializes in using Linux for virtual private networks (VPNs), encrypted communication channels across the Internet. The company also has experience with translation of Linux for Motorola's ColdFire chips, a key feature in Lineo's plans for powering handheld gadgets...."

"Though Lineo's first customers are for set-top boxes and makers of routers and other network hardware, the company expects that to change in the next year. "Going forward, there seems to be a trend toward smaller and more capable wireless handheld devices," Sparks said. A year from now, "We're going to be making more money off those than other areas."

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