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OpenSourceIT: Interview: Linuxcare CTO Dave Sifry

May 18, 2000, 15:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Orzech)

[ Thanks to Dan Orzech for this link. ]

"Is the outlook bleak for this open source pioneer? Not at all, according to David L. Sifry, Linuxcare's chief technical officer, and one of the company's cofounders. OSIT spoke with Sifry last week."

"open source IT: There has been speculation going around about Linuxcare being sold. How do you feel about working for someone else?

Sifry: That's an unfounded rumor. Our investors and our board are both standing behind us. Going public is not the be-all and end-all. I didn't get into this thing for the money in the first place. Sure, if we all get rich beyond our wildest dreams, I'm not going to complain but that's not why this company is around. We're an open source company; we're dedicated to being a catalyst for the use of Linux and open source software in the enterprise. ..."

"open source IT: You have announced you are restructuring your business to focus more on professional services. What exactly does that mean? Are you getting out of the tech support business?

Sifry: Not at all. Linuxcare is firmly committed to the four major areas of service that we provide: tech support, professional services, education, and product certification. That's never going to change. But what we're seeing is that the market is maturing. It used to be that people would come to us and say, awesome, now we can get support for the Linux systems that we have in-house. ... What's happening now is that those same companies which have adopted Linux, are coming back to us and saying, we want to build a server appliance, or we want to build an embedded system that's running Linux, or a storage appliance. Or they're looking for help in rolling Linux out on a much larger scale than they were before. Or they're turning to us to help them figure out what their open source strategy should be for their products. ..."

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