"Is the outlook bleak for this open source pioneer? Not at
all, according to David L. Sifry, Linuxcare's chief technical
officer, and one of the company's cofounders. OSIT spoke with
Sifry last week."
"open source IT: There has been speculation
going around about Linuxcare being sold. How do you feel about
working for someone else?
Sifry: That's an unfounded rumor. Our investors
and our board are both standing behind us. Going public is not the
be-all and end-all. I didn't get into this thing for the money in
the first place. Sure, if we all get rich beyond our wildest
dreams, I'm not going to complain but that's not why this company
is around. We're an open source company; we're dedicated to being a
catalyst for the use of Linux and open source software in the
"open source IT: You have announced you are
restructuring your business to focus more on professional services.
What exactly does that mean? Are you getting out of the tech
Sifry: Not at all. Linuxcare is firmly
committed to the four major areas of service that we provide: tech
support, professional services, education, and product
certification. That's never going to change. But what we're seeing
is that the market is maturing. It used to be that people would
come to us and say, awesome, now we can get support for the Linux
systems that we have in-house. ... What's happening now is that
those same companies which have adopted Linux, are coming back to
us and saying, we want to build a server appliance, or we want to
build an embedded system that's running Linux, or a storage
appliance. Or they're looking for help in rolling Linux out on a
much larger scale than they were before. Or they're turning to us
to help them figure out what their open source strategy should be
for their products. ..."
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