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SRO: Can Linuxcare Stay Afloat?

May 22, 2000, 14:11 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ben Elgin, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"What went wrong at Linuxcare? Just about everything, as this exhaustive investigative report by Sm@rt Reseller reveals. Interviews with more than one dozen current and former Linuxcare employees--most of whom spoke under the condition of anonymity--paint a dramatic picture of a company that was doomed from the moment it left port. "

"Linuxcare's management screwed up big-time," says Eric Raymond, open-source luminary and a member of VA Linux Systems' board of directors. "They had a lot of good people at the line level, too. This was definitely a case of top-down incompetence."

"According to a well-placed source close to Linuxcare, the services company has received acquisition offers in the past from Red Hat and hardware provider VA Linux. "Either company would do well to acquire Linuxcare right now," says the source. Schlein declined to comment on the possibility of a merger, saying only that additional funding is imminent."

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