Open Source Consolidation Continues: Xandros Buys Linspire

Lora Bentley

Last week, Xandros acquired Linspire in what former CEO and current Linspire shareholder Kevin Carmony labeled "a secret backroom deal."


Minority shareholders were informed of the sale by a letter sent after the fact, Carmony says, and he accused Linspire founder Michael Robertson of using the deal to save face rather than admit he had run the company into the ground.


Xandros CEO Andreas Typaldos, of course, has a different view of the deal. He says, simply:

"We believe that it will help [Linspire], by making them part of a larger community of Xandros users, and by providing them with the support of a large global, full-product Linux solutions company, with larger product and technology footprint, and greater development, support, and financial resources."

Xandros, on the other hand, gets to better position itself to compete with bigger Linux distributors like Red Hat, according to


Despite the apparent surprise to Linspire shareholders, the deal has barely caused a blip on the radar for many open source observers, including me. As more Linux distros and other open source vendors are swallowed by larger players, it only makes sense that two smaller shops would join forces in an attempt to better compete.

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