CNET: VA Research buys Linux consulting firm

“Linux computer vendor VA Research has acquired Electric Lichen,
a Linux consulting and marketing company.”

“Electric Lichen helped IBM, Informix, and several Linux
distributors set up their Linux marketing campaigns, VA Research
said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.”

“More significant, though, is the fact that the acquisition
gives VA Research two key people: Jim Gleason and Don Marti, both
officials in large Linux user groups.”

“They have an extensive network into the Linux community. Any
additional links into the Linux community are good for a Linux
company,” said Brian Biles, VA Research’s new vice president of
marketing. “

“Marti is head of marketing for the Silicon Valley Linux Users’
Group, and Gleason is president of the New York Linux Users

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