Sometimes company acquisitions are just fun to sit back and watch. Xandros Inc.’s recent acquisition of Linspire Inc. is a case in point. Xandros is building its muscle as the go-to interoperability player, getting Microsoft’s nod to create open source management packs for Microsoft’s new System Center and then creating Bridgeways for Red Hat, dual-purpose monitors for mixed operating environments.
While Xandros is purely a desktop/consumer play at the moment, its purchase of Linspire is intriguing because it bulks up its capabilities and reputation as a source of all things Linux. As you may recall, Linspire was the free open source operating system called Lindows. It changed its name after Microsoft, alleging violation of its Windows trademark, shelled out more than $20 million to end the matter.
The common thread: Xandros and Linspire both offer digital downloads, Xandros of open source tools and Linspire of open source operating systems.
Although no new products have yet been announced, Xandros CEO Andreas Typaldos said that the two companies will soon begin to integrate their products more closely.
This merger won’t affect data centers today. But it looks like a smart move. And it just might result in an enterprise tool down the road. Stay tuned.