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NewsForge: Linuxgruven leaves students and employees in limbo

Mar 19, 2001, 13:06 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

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"With all the recent stories about dot com companies closing down, it would be easy simply to toss the news about technical support company Linuxgruven's layoffs and financial woes in the "been there, seen that" file. But this case seems to be different."

"On March 8, 2001, the same day that then CEO Matthew Porter announcement a brand new management team for Linuxgruven, that same CEO and his executive staff resigned their positions and announced their intentions to form a competing company. When students showed up for class at the St. Louis headquarters the next day, they found darkened rooms and empty desks. A news story in the St. Louis Business Journal confirmed the scenario: 100 employees had been asked not to return, and the students were left without teachers."

"Linuxgruven described itself as a technical support and services company for Linux and Open Source. The company's strategy purportedly was to help companies migrate to Linux IT by providing engineers to install and configure networks and provide ongoing support."

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