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Aug 19, 2003, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Fremont's VA Software is still working at reinventing itself. Until November 2001, the company, operating under the name VALinux Systems, sold the hardware on which the Linux open-source operating system could run. This was at a time when major computer makers were not accommodating open source. At that time, it averaged around $60 million in revenues a year.

"The market turned around when hardware manufacturers started punching out Linux boxes. Unfortunately, this coincided with the economic slump. These two developments put the company in an extremely inauspicious position.

"Ali Jenab, current president and chief executive officer for VA Software, has been at the helm since the company turned itself from a hardware manufacturer into a software company that offers a variety of services and created online sites that support the open-source community and corporate users of open-source software..."

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