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Jul 30, 1999, 14:28 (3 Talkback[s])
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"As Red Hat prepares to go public, one Linux hacker's dreams of IPO glory are crushed by The Man."

"At first I thought it was spam. It was probably the hundredth message I had received that day, and I was inclined to consign it straight to my personal spam graveyard. But it was titled 'A personal invitation from Red Hat' and in my world, Red Hat -- one of the leading distributors of the Linux-based operating system -- is a big name. So I took a look. And I got excited. On close examination, the e-mail seemed minted of pure gold -- it was a special invitation to participate in Red Hat's imminent initial public offering."

"This is the story of how that gold turned to lead for about 400 software developers passionately devoted to Red Hat Inc. -- a story from the front lines of a battle between the idealistic world of open source and the real world forces who run this country."

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