"All those pre-show press releases paid off over the weekend
as nearly every media outlet rolled over and rolled out a
LinuxWorld preview story. Some of these rehashed the amazing
and oft-heard tale of how a little operating system developed by a
Finnish grad student became Silicon Valley's last, best hope
against the Evil Empire. A few took a tougher stance, looking back
over the Linux IPO excitement of earlier this year and asking the
embarrassing question: Is there money in free software?"
"Users may be expected to love Linux more, but investors have
learned to love it less. Red Herring's Dan Briody detailed a list
of disappointing drops in the shares of Linux companies such as Red
Hat (RHAT) and VA Linux. "There may be a few short-term trading
opportunities around the LinuxWorld show, but most of the pure-play
Linux companies aren't expected to make money anytime soon." In a
similar vein, Melissa Edwards in Investment.com blames Linux for
crippling Corel (CORL) . "The struggles of Corel and its major
competitors in the Linux race suggest that the product, and not
distrust for Corel's management, is the main reason for Corel's
fall from favor." With coverage like that, they better hope all
press really is good press."
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