Ann Arbor's Linux Box grows from start-up to 10-person firm, plans to hire 1-2 more

Linux isn't just a source for free software, it's also a job creator in Ann Arbor.


Sometime in the mid to late 1990s Elizabeth E. Ziph and Matthew W. Benjamin wondered why more people didn’t adopt Linux operating systems.

The open-source software was basically free and quite popular amongst the nerdiest of the nerds. But the duo came to the conclusion that it wasn’t taking hold as an alternative to PCs like Mac because it didn’t have a huge corporation standing behind it. That led to formation of Linux Box in 1999.

The Ann Arbor-based company provides support and consulting for Linux systems and has not only grown to 10 people, its revenues increased 29 percent last year.

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