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CRN: LinuxMall.com's Bolzern Combines E-Commerce and Community

Jul 17, 2000, 14:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Bucholtz)

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"The more companies that come to view Linux as a commercial gold mine, the more eager Mark Bolzern is to provide them with shovels. Bolzern, the founder and president of LinuxMall.com, somewhat sheepishly admits to being one of the "ringleaders of the people who began bringing Linux to the public"..."

"LinuxMall.com is, according to Bolzern, "a destination site for news and information; an e-commerce reseller of all things Linux; a wholesaler of Linux products to dealers; an advocate of Linux which supports many Linux related non-profit organizations; and we have a brick and mortar delivery/fulfillment capability. What anyone adds to Linux is value-added services and products. We have some products that are quite high margin and others that are not."

"Although Linux is becoming increasingly mainstream, much of the innovation that keeps it evolving comes from code writers who contribute their efforts to the greater good. This lack of compensation for work--and the occasionally eccentric characters who performed it--initially raised questions about whether Linux was ready for prime time. Now, said Bolzern, it's more accurate to ask whether enterprises are ready for Linux."

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