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February 8, 2002 | Bloomberg News
Sun Microsystems Inc. plans to sell inexpensive server computers that run the free Linux operating system. Rivals have cut into Sun's market share for machines that run corporate networks. Analysts have questioned whether Sun may be vulnerable as smaller servers, running Linux and Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software, become more reliable. Sun's main products run Solaris, a proprietary operating system. Details are expected to be available by midyear, the Palo Alto company said.
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NEWS
January 17, 2002 | MARK A. KELLNER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Could this be the time for a hand-held computer running Linux as its operating system? Sharp Electronics Corp. certainly hopes so. Last week the firm introduced its Zaurus SL-5500 Personal Mobile Tool, due to hit stores in early March. Built around Intel Corp.'s StrongARM 206-megahertz processor, the device includes 64 megabytes of standard memory, an MP3 and MPEG-1 multimedia player, a built-in voice recorder and a high-resolution color screen.
BUSINESS
November 21, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Software maker VA Linux Systems Inc. said its fiscal first-quarter loss narrowed as it exited the business of making computer hardware. The company's loss from continuing operations was $8.7 million, or 16 cents a share, compared with $7 million, or 15 cents, a year ago. Revenue fell 90% to $5.6 million. Excluding residual revenue from the exited Linux hardware and related businesses, revenue was $3.9 million. The Fremont, Calif.
BUSINESS
September 24, 2001 | From Bloomberg News
IBM Corp. has sold its 1,000th zSeries mainframe computer in what one analyst calls "a year of resurgence" for the refrigerator-size machines known for their reliability, the company said today. Some companies are cutting costs by eliminating "farms" of smaller server computers that run Web sites and network printers.
NEWS
April 2, 2001 | JASON COMPTON, SPECIAL TO THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
The little Scandinavian operating system that could isn't so little anymore. According to a February report from International Data Corp., Linux accounts for 27% of the installed base of server operating systems, second only to Microsoft's 41% share. Furthermore, the 24% growth rate in Linux shipments is greater than Microsoft's own 20% boost in Windows servers. That success comes as a surprise to some. In the mid-1990s, Linux was slammed as too weak to support anything but small, simple tasks.
BUSINESS
February 21, 2001 | From Times Wire Services
VA Linux Systems Inc. on Tuesday posted a quarterly loss that exceeded Wall Street's reduced forecasts and said it will slash 25% of its work force in a bid to turn a profit amid the U.S. economic slowdown. The loss and layoffs spooked investors, who sent shares of VA Linux plunging about 18% to $5.88 in after-hours trading. The stock closed at $7.25 a share, down 6.5%, in Tuesday trading on Nasdaq. VA Linux shares have tumbled from a 52-week high of $130.50.
BUSINESS
January 24, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Corel Corp., maker of WordPerfect and CorelDraw software, said it plans to sell its Linux computer-operating system business as part of a strategy to return to profitability by midyear. Corel said it will hold a stake in the Linux business after it's sold. It will continue to make programs that work on the Linux operating system, which is an alternative to Microsoft Corp.'s dominant Windows.
NEWS
December 28, 2000 | MARK KELLNER, mark@kellner2000.com
The story so far: In a quest to end my dependence on Microsoft, I embarked on a 14-day experiment. I tossed all my Microsoft programs and made Linux my primary operating system. But the experiment hasn't been totally painless. My new desktop computer flaked out at the start, and I had to reinstall all the software before it would work. The Linux programs lacked features crucial to my work. And making the system do what I wanted was very frustrating. But there have been bright spots.
NEWS
December 21, 2000 | MARK KELLNER, mark@kellner2000.com
It sounded like a good idea--at the time. Some of my friends said it would be "cool." But I should have listened to the ones who just laughed at my experiment of surviving two weeks without Microsoft in my life. The exercise had its attractions. Frustration with Microsoft's products isn't hard to find. Go to any gathering of techies, and you can hear the screams about the high cost and bugginess of Microsoft's products. I've heard it all, and experienced most of it.
BUSINESS
November 7, 2000 | Reuters
VA Linux Systems Inc., a developer of software and products for the Linux computer operating system, said its fiscal first-quarter results would fall short of expectations because of disappointing sales to Internet start-up companies. The gloomy forecast sent VA Linux shares tumbling 42%. Fremont, Calif.
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