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Inter@ctive Week: Linux: Renegade OS Lands In Corporate Laps

Aug 21, 2000, 15:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

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"Craig Nathan, the sandy-haired, twenty-something founder of Web software company MEconomy, was walking steadily toward the San Jose Convention Center to catch last week's LinuxWorld presentations when he noted a significant change from last year's Linux gathering: Big companies - Compaq Computer, Dell Computer, IBM, Sun Microsystems - were everywhere he turned. In fact, he was on his way to hear a keynote address by Hewlett-Packard's chief scientist, Joel Birnbaum."

"What a difference a year makes."

"MEconomy plans to produce open source code. According to Nathan, if he had approached venture capital firms with that idea a year ago, "they would have said, 'Absolutely not.' Now, with IBM and Sun behind Linux, it gives us instant credibility," he said, which will help the company as it approaches venture capitalists for the first time."

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