"A flurry of financial activity has taken place since Red Hat
became the first pure Linux player to issue an IPO one year ago.
Andover.net, Caldera Systems, Cobalt Networks and VA Linux issued
their IPO's shortly thereafter. Other players, including Lineo,
Linuxcare, TurboLinux, and Rackspace appear to be on their way to
the IPO gates and we can expect several more companies to follow
suit in the next few months."
"There are only a handful of linux companies who employ more
than fifty employees at this time, but it is already apparent that
these larger companies are not hesitating to scoop out potential
winners before these smaller privately-held companies build the
wherewithal to proceed to the IPO gates; or worse, before they are
acquired by the competition."
"Knowledgeable players in this industry have been busy
hand-picking their favorites over the past ten months. At least
fifty private Linux companies have been acquired by Red Hat, VA
Linux, Internet.com and others during this time."