Publishing company O'Reilly and Associates, best known for its computing books with animals on the covers, has shut down its software operation. "Although the software business was a profitable one for O'Reilly, we've realized that it's not a strong strategic fit with our other efforts," the company said in a statement.
Nine people were laid off as a result. Several others found jobs elsewhere at the Sebastopol, Calif., company. The company will continue to support its two products, WebSite Pro 3 Web server software and the WebBoard 4 program for running online discussions, until the company finds "new homes for them."