TheStreet.com: Linux Reality Doesn't Match Hype
Dec 04, 2003, 17:00 (30 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ronna Abramson)
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"Almost every week, it seems, another government is jumping on
the Linux bandwagon, badmouthing Microsoft all the way. But for all
the headlines, the open-source software movement remains very much
a fringe business, raising troubling questions for investors who've
plowed into publicly traded Linux providers in the past year.
"And plowed they have: As of Tuesday's close, Red Hat shares
were up 110% in the past 12 months, while shares of Novell, which
recently acquired Germany-based SUSE Linux, had soared nearly 150%.
Those returns compare quite favorably with the 33.4% gain by the
Nasdaq Composite and 26% rise by the Goldman Sachs Software Index
in the past year.
"Yet, 'in spite of all the talk [about Linux] , there's still
not a lot happening,' said Robin Simpson, a Gartner research
director in the Asia Pacific region..."