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E-Commerce Times: Red Hat's IPO Becomes an Acid Test for Linux

Aug 10, 1999, 14:31 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chet Dembeck)

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"When Red Hat Inc., a seller of Linux software, makes it's debut on Wall Street this week, the world will be watching to see if the much-touted Microsoft-killer passes its biggest test of date: getting investors to pump money into it."

"Aside from the cult-like exuberance of Linux devotees, this will be the first time the operating system has faced the hardened scrutiny of the Street."

"But after a year of good press, some analysts say the first day for Red Hat's IPO could be a Cinderella story -- but no one quite knows when, or if, the clock will strike midnight."

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