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Linux Journal: Caldera Prepping for IPO Plunge?

Oct 08, 1999, 15:35 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Recent deals with IBM, Fujitsu, and the wooing of Wall Street underwriters suggest Caldera stock offering may be soon to come..."

"Caldera Systems would be the second Linux distribution to offer shares to the public. Another Linux company, LinuxOne, has already filed for an IPO of its own. But LinuxOne, founded this spring, is nowhere near the stature of other companies such as Red Hat, SuSE, and Caldera. For all the revving of engines on its current webpage, the company's Linux product--still in beta--has hardly left the garage."

"But the possibility of Caldera joining Red Hat as the second public company to sell distributions of the open source operating system is of another magnitude entirely. Caldera's OpenLinux 2.3, for example, is being heralded as the company's "fastest selling Linux product" since the decision to make Linux products in September 1998 (the year Caldera Systems, Inc. was born). Caldera has also emphasized its product as a business solution, helping it carve out a niche in the nascent Linux marketplace."

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