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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Linuxcare breaks new alliance, services ground; Merging with Turbolinux?

Jan 24, 2001, 18:26 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Since Linuxcare's founding in 1998, the San Francisco-based company has made news for breaking ground as, arguably, the only comprehensive technology services provider for Linux. That tradition continued this month, as a proposed Linuxcare alliance and a new service offering grabbed headlines."

"searchEnterpriseLinux: What can you tell us about the possible partnership with TurboLinux, and the synergy of that partnership?

Sifry: It's premature to talk about anything other than the discussions that have already been announced. It's just discussion. What I'll say is this: Linuxcare has been and will be a distribution independent services capability. That's what we built out. That's what we're doing. We can look at a variety of different products and provide additional professional services around those products. The issue, in my mind, is that we'll work with the best solutions for the job. The distribution is, of course, (focused on) giving the best solution for the job. That's what Linuxcare has been founded on, too."

"searchEnterpriseLinux: When I think of a distributor combined with Linuxcare, the example of IBM Global Services comes to mind. Could that be a comparable model?

Sifry: I agree. IBM Global Services probably did the services the best way you could do when you also have product. IBM Global Services will sell Dell equipment. They'll sell non-IBM products. They're not being measured on how much IBM product they sell. They're being measured on how much services revenue they're bringing in."

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