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LinuxWorld: The strange case of LinuxOne, Linux newcomer files for IPO

Nov 06, 1999, 15:56 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rick Moen, Eileen Cohen)

"It's difficult to tell exactly what California startup and IPO candidate LinuxOne is up to, but it seems to involve a highly derivative Linux distribution and mysterious dealings in China. Many eyebrows have been raised by the firm's seemingly vaporous business plan, but at least it's now produced a product or two. Sort of...."

"In any event, my main concern was a bit closer to home: LinuxOne is based in Mountain View, California, practically in my backyard. It's the San Francisco Bay Area, one of the most active and concentrated Linux communities in the world -- a metropolitan region boasting nine active Linux user groups, none of whose members had ever heard of LinuxOne or its founder, Wun C. Chiou Sr., Ph.D. How was this possible?..."

"What would be special about it? LinuxOne didn't say, really, except that it would be "the easiest Linux operating system and software to install and use...." I'll add that this would be the first distribution I'd ever heard of with no public beta cycle. Developing a Linux distribution totally behind closed doors is rash, because you close yourself off from peer review. Even distributions with proprietary components, such as Corel's, go through a public beta process."

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