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Turbolinux sells operating system business

Turbolinux, which makes a version of Linux that has become a top seller in Asia, has sold its operating system business to a Japanese software vendor.

Turbolinux will become a division of Software Research Associates (SRA) and move its headquarters from California to Tokyo, said Dino Brusco, vice-president of marketing for the former company. SRA will also obtain the Turbolinux brand name. Financial details of the sale were not disclosed.

Ten of the 40 employees who work in the California office will remain at that location as Turbolinux employees, reporting to SRA. Employees at the company's offices in China and Korea, which accounted for the bulk of Turbolinux's operating system revenue, will retain their positions, Brusco said.

Turbolinux also sold products based on a line of server provisioning software called PowerCockpit. That software was not part of the sale to SRA and will become the basis for a new company to be announced in the next few weeks.

Turbolinux is one of four founding companies that banded together around a common distribution of the Linux operating system known as UnitedLinux. Under the ownership of SRA, Turbolinux will continue to participate in the UnitedLinux effort.

"We've really won unanimous support by the UnitedLinux members [for this acquisition], and Turbolinux's role as a founding member and a contributing engineer in the development of the UnitedLinux software all remain intact," Brusco said.
 

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