"VA Linux Systems wants to drop the 'Linux' from its
name, less than three years after it added it. The new name of VA
Software is thought to better reflect the company's new business of
selling software, rather than Linux-tuned hardware and services.
The company began life as 'VA Research' in 1993, and #included
Linux into the moniker in April 1999 in the run up to its then
record-breaking IPO. Changing the company's LNUX stock ticker might
prove more difficult, we guess.
There are also moves afoot, but as yet unannounced, to resuffle
VA's OSDN assets. The enviable portfolio of Linux-related websites
includes Slashdot, Freshmeat, NewsForge, themes.org (currently) and
Kuro5hin. But not for very much longer - from January Kuro5hin will
go it alone."