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ZDNet UK: Will Caldera Systems miss out on all that Linux IPO euphoria?

Mar 16, 2000, 19:52 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Linux stocks, such as Red Hat and VA Linux, have come down from the stratosphere, losing some of their Wall Street luster. But losing some of Linux hype is healthy for the market, although it's not going to do Caldera any good. Caldera, which recently settled a lawsuit with Microsoft, needs all the Linux hype it can get."

"The company, which offers Linux operating system software and systems for specialised servers, has lost some of its good timing. Caldera got a lot of attention in January when it filed for an IPO in the midst of the Linux gold rush. But now it's a different story...."

"Put simply, there's nothing terribly distinguishing about Caldera, which is why we're in for a potential so-so IPO. VA Linux and Red Hat have gobbled up much of the mind share, and there may not be room for many more players. Caldera said growing a brand is one of its biggest priorities. And it will need a strong brand to rise above the noise."

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