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The Register: TurboLinux announces lay-offs and refocus

Jun 01, 2000, 10:42 (0 Talkback[s])
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"There was some barely disguised meerschaum in some quarters of the Valley after TurboLinux announced lay-offs: reportedly ten per cent of the company's workforce."

"The layoffs "were significant enough to affect profitability and shallow enough that we can focus on what we do best", according to TurboLinux president Paul Thomas, who identified these as clustering and Japanese language versions of Linux, according to G2."

"...So why the uncharitable comments and ill-will? Much of that is generated by TurboLinux's take on the open source model, which has involved a combination of time-delay source release and its own proprietary features. Despite the outrage, the latter is actually pretty harmless - for example management GUIs are released only as binaries, not as source - and gives the company some time to market advantage but doesn't really preclude smarter alternatives. But the rather grudging time-delay ploy has led to several high profile accusations that TurboLinux is playing by the rules rather than spirit of the game. That developers don't like it is one thing, but open source developers tend to need code fast, with the result that TurboCluster Server has become increasingly marginalised."

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