Linuxcare, a company that failed spectacularly at selling services for the Linux operating system, is back with a new strategy: selling software.
After largely scrapping its earlier business, laying off most of its staff and starting from scratch, Linuxcare now has begun selling a product called Levanta. The software is designed to make it easier to run Linux on IBM's top-end mainframe computers, said Chief Executive Avery Lyford, a former IBM server executive who took over leadership of the company Sept. 10.
The new software is for a "commercially viable" niche, Giga Information Group analyst Stacey Quandt said. It's useful for a real-world trend, replacing large numbers of smaller servers with a single powerful machine.