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LinuxToday.com.au: Why aren't Australian Linux companies Silicon-Valley rich?

Mar 31, 2000, 02:27 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kirrily)

[ Thanks to Niki Scevak for this link. ]

"It seems that in the US, every man and his dog is starting a Linux company, investing in a Linux company, or desperately trying to look like a Linux company because it's this week's happening thing. In Australia, things aren't quite as manic."

"There was a healthy showing at the Linux Expo that ran in March, but the big stands were mostly by US companies: RedHat, Intel, Linuxcare, and others. Also conspicuous, to those who know the Australian Linux community, was the fact that many of Australia's best and brightest Open Source talent are working for US ventures, either in their Australian branches, or (not uncommonly) moving to the US."

"Why is this? It can't just be that Australia is "the arse end of the world", as Paul Keating put it. I asked an economist friend, Michael, for his opinions..."

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