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VA Linux Systems is to spend more than $200 million to buy two hardware companies aimed at bolstering its server design and storage capabilities. California-based VA, which develops software and products for the Linux operating system, said yesterday it would buy TruSolutions and NetAttach for around $240 million. The $189 million buyout of San Diego TruSolutions will give VA a slim server design to add to its current Network Engines design. It will pay $10 million cash and 1.8 million newly issued shares and inherit an extra 60 staff. VA will use NetAttach's Linux-based technology to build storage systems made of stacks of servers bolted to racks. It will pay $10 million cash and 286,000 newly issued shares for the Santa-Clara-based company and take on its 12 employees. Larry Augustin, VA Linux CEO, said: "We believe that our focused expertise and the integrated Linux solutions ... will allow us to grow revenue faster than any other public company focused on Linux." Last month VA spent $1 billion to buy Andover.Net, and plans more acquisitions related to its Linux computer line.® Related stories VA Linux revenues rocket – but so does loss VA Linux buys Slashdot.org

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