Wall Street Journal: Linux Firms Sidestep Hitch That The Software Is Free

It’s a lesson in “New Economics” 101: If your main
technology is free, the way to keep investors happy is to . . .
threaten to lose more money.

“That is, at least, what Linux companies are banking on these

“Linux is the operating-system software that is a growing threat
to Microsoft. The many Linux companies that have cropped up in the
past few years seem to have a lot going for them. These include
marketplace momentum, a loud buzz, and — in the case of Red Hat
Software — a multibillion-dollar initial public offering that has
numerous other Linux start-ups scrambling to go public, too.”