Lineo Acquires Japan's USE to Boost Linux Reach

STOCKHOLM (03/14/2000) - Embedded Linux vendor Lineo Inc. yesterday announced that it will acquire a Japan-based systems engineering company to expand the reach of its Embedix Linux-based operating system beyond Intel Corp.'s processors.

The embedded Linux vendor said in a statement that United System Engineers (USE), based in Shiojiri, Japan, has agreed to be acquired by Lineo.

Financial terms of the deal were not available.

USE, with 27 employees, has 15 years of custom systems engineering experience on a variety of hardware platforms, including those based on processors from Hitachi Ltd., Motorola Inc. and Sun Microsystems Inc., according to the statement.

Last week, some 30 vendors formed an industry group to promote the development of applications for embedded versions of the open-source Linux operating system. [See "Vendors Form Embedded Linux Consortium," March 9.]Lineo, in Lindon, Utah, can be reached at +1-801-426-5001, or via the Web at http://www.lineo.com/.

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