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SRO: The Unexpected Linux IPO

Sep 09, 1999, 22:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"The smart money had been expecting VA Research to be the first Linux company to follow Red Hat into an IPO. The gambling money liked Caldera Systems. It turns out they were both wrong."

"Cobalt Networks Inc., a maker of file and Internet server applications, will be the first Linux IPO."

"Cobalt, while not usually considered a Linux company, builds its popular storage server, the NASRaQ, and the Internet services servers, the Qube 2 and RaQ 2, around its own home-brewed Linux. Cobalt's adaptation of Linux is based on the Linux 2.0 kernel. For Cobalt, Linux is part of a hardware solution, not a product in and of itself."

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