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ZDNet UK: Motorola places big bet on Linux

Sep 26, 2000, 12:48 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"The company announced today it plans to buy 3 million shares of Lineo, an embedded Linux solution developer, for $22.5m (£14m)."

"Its acquisition of eight percent of the company's issued shares will take place through Motorola's wholly owned subsidiary Metrowerks."

"A company spokesman said Motorola was committed to establishing Linux as the open platform choice for embedded development, particularly as its customers require increasingly more complex capabilities in embedded devices."

"Al Gillan, an analyst for IDC, welcomed the announcement, saying the ongoing commitment by the big players was further good news for the embedded Linux community. "This deal will allow Motorola to influence Lineo [through Metrowerks] to cooperate and work on projects that are beneficial to it," Gillan said. "As Motorola doesn't sell its own operating system, this deal will help boost the sale of its chips and products."

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