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Linux Journal: "Underground, Fringe Operating System" Hmmm?

Dec 15, 1999, 02:28 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Penn)

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"A money manager speaking about the recent Linux-related IPOs of Andover.net and VA Linux Systems last week...was caught insisting: "None of this is justified. This is mania. This is frenzy."

"Ladies and gentlemen, this is Linux."

"Market watchers and technology pundits eyed the approach of the VA Linux and Andover.Net IPOs with a strange mix of dread, anticipation and inevitability. Ever mindful of both the ready-to-burst stock market bubble (particularly in regard to tech stocks) and the recent history of Red Hat, a Linux company whose share price has continued to climb ever since its own astounding IPO this summer, commentators produced a manic-depressive prediction as to what would happen when VA Linux and Andover.Net stock hit the trading floor: "Sure, it will go up," they opined. "But how fast? How far? For how long?"

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