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CNET: Linux start-up to take on database market

May 09, 2000, 07:17 (0 Talkback[s])
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"As chief financial officer of media company Landmark Communications, Ritter watched his company miss out on a golden opportunity to invest in Linux software seller Red Hat way before its successful initial public offering. Now he hopes to catch the second wave of the open-source software trend."

"Ritter is leaving his Landmark job to become chief executive officer of Great Bridge, a subsidiary that will try to do with the PostgreSQL database software what Red Hat did with Linux. Although Ritter declined to detail the company's business model, it will involve popularizing the database and then selling services and support for it. Later, the company is likely to expand to selling the database bundled with other open-source software."

"Great Bridge, though consisting of only four employees today, has grand ambitions, including a planned expansion to 120 employees and the ultimate possibility of going public, Ritter said. But the biggest challenge will be taking on giants such as Oracle, IBM, Microsoft, Informix and Sybase, each of which have their own proprietary database programs."

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