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O'Reilly Network: Eazel's Business Model

Sep 16, 2000, 18:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Ochwat)

"Eazel Inc. is in an enviable position for a startup. It has talented programmers, experienced management, a comfortable cushion of startup cash, and lots of attention from the business press."

"Jerry Borrell, editor in chief of Upside magazine, gushed in a June profile of the company, "Where do I line up to invest in such an 'it's only a matter of time before the IPO' firm, you ask? Through the wisteria-draped doorway of Eazel, on San Antonio Road in Palo Alto."

"Much of this excitement comes from two things. The first is Eazel's corps of GUI whizzes, some of whom worked on the original Macintosh. The second is their product, the "Nautilus Graphical Shell for Linux," basically the Linux equivalent of Windows' file manager or the finder in Mac OS."

"...Nautilus will be released under the GNU General Public License, which means it will be free. Which raises one little question: How will Eazel turn a profit?"

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