"Chuck Smith called the other day to tell me that his Linux
company, GNUPC.COM, was going out of business. If you've spent any
time in the Linux community, you've probably ran across Chuck at a
trade show or gathering of Linux aficionados. He's a bear of a
man--6-7, 300-plus pounds--and his enthusiasm for Linux led him to
put his own money and time into a company that built and
manufactured Linux-based PCs."
"He actually had a twist that was quite useful both for new
beginners and experienced Linux users: the first time you booted
the PC it would install the Linux distribution of your choice (Red
Hat Linux, Caldera OpenLinux, Slackware Linux, etc.) Nice idea,
nicely executed. Trust me, there have been Linux companies founded
on less, and many of us thought that Chuck would succeed."
"I can't help but contrast what Chuck Smith is going through
with the recent layoffs announced at Linuxcare. When a company like
Linuxcare announces layoffs, it's somewhat of an abstraction:
in this tight job economy, chances are pretty good that everyone
will land on their feet, and the corporation will keep chugging
along in one form or another. But when a Chuck Smith closes up
shop, the Linux community suffers, as Chuck is the kind of
person that makes Linux such a unique quantity in the computer
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