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What I learned from Lineo's failure

Sometimes the best lessons come from our failures. Such was the case with Lineo.

By January 29, 2008


Sun, Lineo bringing Linux to UltraSparc

NEW YORK--Sun Microsystems has hired Lineo to bring Linux and related programming tools to Sun's UltraSparc IIe processor for "embedded" computing devices such as network routers or digital TV sets, the companies announced Tuesday at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. Versions of Linux already exist for UltraSparc chips, but few companies provide support at present. Sun said it hopes the partnership will help Sun's chips gain more widespread use in embedded devices, which more frequently use chips from ARM Holdings, MIPS or Motorola. A royalty-free version of Embedix, Lineo's version of Linux, will be available in the first quarter of 2002. A software-development kit, for which Lineo charges, is expected by the third quarter.

By January 31, 2002


New CEO replaces Lineo founder

The company, which hopes to sell Linux for computing gadgets such as set-top boxes, has promoted Chief Operating Officer Matt Harris to chief executive.

By November 7, 2001


Motorola picks Lineo for set-top box

Lineo's Embedix product--which combines Linux with proprietary software--will be an option on Motorola's DCT5000 series of high-end set-top television boxes.

By August 28, 2001


Lineo picks up $20 million

Embedded Linux systems company Lineo announced Monday the closing of a strategic investment round of $20 million, bringing the total investment in Lineo to $57 million. Investors in the newest round include Sun Microsystems, Hitachi, Canopy Group and Egan Managed Capital. Lineo software and hardware help companies with large supply chains use the Internet to bring down costs and decrease the time it takes to build products. Salt Lake City-based Lineo will use the newest round of funding to continue to develop embedded tools and support services.

August 20, 2001


Lineo licenses controversial technology

The maker of the Linux-based embedded operating system Embedix licenses FSMLabs' RTLinux technology, which critics say should never have received a patent.

By August 7, 2001


Linux company Lineo lays off 13 percent

The company, which is working to get its version of Linux established in devices such as set-tops and handhelds, lays off about 40 employees, citing sluggish revenue growth.

By July 19, 2001


Lineo sets up Linux server-appliance unit

Linux company Lineo has established a wholly owned subsidiary called Snapgear to sell special-purpose server appliances, the company said Tuesday. The products, on sale now for prices less than $300, will handle tasks such as setting up a protective firewall, adding storage space to the network or establishing encrypted connections called "virtual private networks" (VPNs). Snapgear servers, which use a version of Linux from Lineo, are designed for small-business customers, Lineo said.

By July 11, 2001


Sharp chooses Lineo for Linux handheld

The Japanese electronics maker will use Lineo's version of Linux in a handheld computer, a significant victory for the Utah company as it works to push Linux into non-PC devices.

By May 31, 2001


Linux company Lineo resumes acquisition spree

The company bolsters efforts to push its version of Linux into set-top boxes and other nontraditional devices and announces plans to acquire Convergence Integrated Media.

By March 6, 2001