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NewsForge: Cash-strapped Linux Island in limbo for now

Sep 05, 2001, 21:16 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

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"Linux Island is holding on for dear life, and its president is making payroll out of his own pocket while the company waits for more capital from the increasingly scrawny pool of investors willing to give it up for an Open Source-based business plan.

Rob Walther, the president of Chicago-based Linux Island, had to ask 26 interns to stay home when the company -- which provides Linux certification classes, on-site support, and pre-configured Linux systems -- ran out of money. "We'd known August was going to be a short month," says Walther. "We told everyone to hold on, until financing comes through." Walther says that he also had to let go of "four or five" full-time staff.

Interns are those who successfully completed Linux Island's certification classes. Included in the $3,995 price tag for those who make it through the training is a six-month full-time internship working at Linux Island. Now those interns are without employment before the six-month period has expired."

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