Update: TurboLinux Reorganizes Management

BOSTON (06/02/2000) - Just two days after laying off an unspecified number of its workers, San Francisco-based TurboLinux Inc. announced a shakeup in its senior management.

Company founder Cliff Miller is relinquishing his CEO duties to T. Paul Thomas, who joined TurboLinux as president in March. TurboLinux said Miller will remain as chairman and focus on the company's strategic direction and technological development, while Thomas manages its day-to-day business operations.

Dan Kusnetzky, an analyst at International Data Corp. in Framingham, Massachusetts, said he views the reorganization as a positive step for the open-source software vendor.

"I think they realized they needed expert (management) help to go forward," Kuznetsky said. "You reach a point where you don't need an entrepreneur at the helm and that person can function better as a visionary and spokesman."

The management change follows closely on the heels of Wednesday's layoffs at TurboLinux. Online rumor mill Slashdot.org ran an anonymous report claiming the company had pared at least half of the workers in most departments, but TurboLinux denied that and said the actual number of employees let go was "nowhere near" that level.

Today, TurboLinux also said that Gordon Eubanks, a former Symantec Corp. CEO who now heads Oblix Inc. in Cupertino, California, is joining its board of directors.

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