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Linuxcare and TurboLinux look ripe candidates for acquisition after a planned merger between the two companies collapsed on Monday. Both CEOs warned that further job losses were now likely.

The two had planned to join forces in what looked like an ideal consolidation in January: Linuxcare is primarily a support company, and TurboLinux a distro.

Linuxgram continued its excellent coverage of the Valley's angstiest Linux saga by cornering CEOs Paul Thomas and Art Tyde. The TurboLinux boss blamed the economic downturn, and said that TurboLinux (which is nigh invisible outside the US and Asia), would major on being a systems management business. "It won't just be an operating systems company," he said.

Linuxcare cancelled its IPO a year ago, and bumps along with around a third of the staff it employed then. Tyde told Linuxgram further deep cuts could be expected.

Today ousted co-founder, Dave Sifry, had the ignomy of being called 'Dave Sifty' in CNet and ZDNet accounts of the bust-up. Now that's adding insult to injury... ®

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