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IT World: Analysis: Turbolinux Challenged in Tough Linux Market

Jul 26, 2002, 13:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"An effort aimed at publishing a Linux version that runs software programs from four different distributors of the open-source operating system could be in peril as Turbolinux Inc. struggles to stay afloat. But even if the company manages to stave off layoffs and office closings, an unfocused business model has the company headed in an uncertain direction that could kick off consolidation of the Linux distribution market, analysts say.

"The future of Turbolinux looked bright after the Brisbane, California, company joined with three other Linux distribution companies earlier this year to create UnitedLinux, a joint effort whose ultimate aim was to make the operating system more viable in the corporate market. However, reports surfaced this week that cloud at least the company's immediate future as word circulated on the Internet that Turbolinux had shuttered its headquarters.

"The president and chief executive officer of Turbolinux, Ly-thong Pham, issued a statement to Linux Today, an industry publication, that while the U.S. office is being restructured, the company remains open for business and will provide more details on restructuring plans next month..."

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