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eWeek: Why faux Linux companies won't fly

Jun 19, 2000, 13:46 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Taschek)

"One by one, the wind is being knocked out of highflying Linux companies, which have collectively lost billions in paper money over the last few months. Many think that this portends bad times for Linux in general. I'm not one of them. In fact, it's a sign that Linux has become accepted technology. In other words, it's just an operating system --or to be more technically accurate, a kernel more closely related to the Unix Mach than to a comprehensive operating system, such as Windows."

"So why aren't these companies making it? After all, Linux is everywhere, and it's growing fast. Then it hit me like a hammer --after a long conversation with Red Hat's Bob Young."

"These companies are trying to salvage dead or dying products by recasting them as Linux essentials. They're going so far as to tweak Linux and make parts of it proprietary. This clearly is not the way of Linux life."

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