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InfoWorld: Open-source sendmail welcomes its commercial cousin, Sendmail Inc.

Dec 18, 1999, 01:24 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Metcalfe)

"I asked Olson why Sendmail Inc., which was founded in 1998, hasn't publicly offered its stock yet. Red Hat is public, with a price-revenue (PR) ratio over one thousand. It's developing, selling, and supporting Linux, also famous open-source software. Olson says Sendmail is preparing to go public. Wonder what PR ratio Olson has in mind."

"Meanwhile, Sendmail is announcing partnerships in developing its Internet-messaging platform. Olson says there is a major opportunity for e-mail in commerce, most of which is still conducted awkwardly using paper...."

"If buying commercial sendmail becomes popular, then maybe free open-source sendmail will go the way of ITS. This is probably also what the capitalists developing Windows 2000 have in mind for Linux."

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