Feeds

TurboLinux follows Intel's investment with VC cash

$6 million injection to fund management, programming team expansion

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

Linux distributor TurboLinux yesterday scored a $5.5 million investment from US venture capitalist August Capital, along with around $500,000 from investment bank Broadview. The deals follow Intel's investment in the company, made last week. TurboLinux (formerly known as Pacific HiTech) said it will use the cash injection to fund expansion: it intends to grow its senior management team and to hire more programming staff. Unlike Linux distribution rivals Red Hat and Caldera (rivals in the sense that they're all pursuing profit through markets associated with the open source OS, rather than the OS itself), TurboLinux is focusing on the high end of the market where it can add value to the basic OS through proprietary, commercial products rather than the provision of support services. For example, TurboLinux's upcoming site management software will costs users $995 for a two-machine licence, or $1995 for an unlimited licence. So far, that plan appears to be working -- TurboLinux claims to be in profit, something that neither Red Hat nor Caldera can boast. And analysts and investors agree that, if TurboLinux retains its focus, its revenues and earnings will continue to grow. As a privately-held company, TurboLinux's books are closed to scrutiny, but the company VP Lonn Johnston told US newswires the company's revenue is close to that of Red Hat -- ie. around the $7.2 million mark. Of course, how long TurboLinux remains privately-owned is another matter. With IPOs now well established as any IT company's route to second-stage financing, it will be hard for TurboLinux's management to resist the temptation, especially since its profit-making status could push the company's stock rather higher than that of loss-making (though better known, in the US at least) rivals like Red Hat. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.