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Linux entrepreneur reclaims software

The founder of storage software start-up Mountain View Data acquires software built by his previous company, Turbolinux.

The founder of storage software start-up Mountain View Data has acquired software built by his previous company, Turbolinux.

Cliff Miller co-founded , a seller of the Linux operating system, in 1992 but left the company in 2000, shortly before its ambitious plans began to fall apart.

Mountain View Data said on Tuesday that it has acquired Turbolinux's PowerCockpit software, which lets administrators rapidly install software on large numbers of computers, a task known as "provisioning."

PowerCockpit was part of a plan at Turbolinux to diversify with more software products than just a version of Linux. It has since scaled back as part of a plan to start afresh. The company also spun off its EnFuzion calculation software to start-up Axceleon.

"I thought PowerCockpit was a very nifty product," said Aberdeen Group analyst Bill Claybrook, but Turbolinux wasn't able to give the product the attention it deserved.

"It came around at a time when it should have been a hot topic, but they were so screwed up as a company they could never get it together," Claybrook said. "They did a very poor job of marketing it."