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NewsForge: La-Z-Boy Revamps with Linux

May 03, 2006, 20:30 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Kevin Mauldin's younger brother Gary was CEO of Denver-based La-Z-Boy furniture. When Gary died in 2002 as the result of complications from an accident, Kevin inherited the CEO's job and an IT infrastructure that had been built from scratch by his technologically talented sibling. Unfortunately, it was such a patchwork of disparate technologies that no one else could easily sort it out. Mauldin decided on an IT overhaul, aimed at planting La-Z-Boy firmly on a Linux foundation.

"From the start, Mauldin knew his limitations. 'I'm a retailer. I retail furniture,' he says. 'My younger brother was a computer guru. He did all the maintenance, he built the system, he knew hardware and software...'"

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