"A friend came up to me last week, and told me about the
incredible pains that have put his Linux company through the
wringer. Investors wanting to rush to the market for the quick
buck, and having to drop staff members to find the fastest route to
profitability. This certainly isn't what he had in mind when he
started his company."
"It seems that the problem is that investors are interested in
quick money, especially in the tech industry. The drive to move
companies to the stock market as quickly as possible is put forth
by investors, not by technology or the community. Investors need to
move on the hot and popular, and the same hype that got Linux on
millions of desktops is the same hype that is helping to destroy
and dismantle the smaller Linux companies that started with a
dream. My friend has a company that was originally intended to be
owned by the community, not by the market."
"You know, I always thought we had to take back software
from proprietary interests and monopolistic tendencies; I never
thought we would need to take back Linux from the stock
exchange. The initial run of big IPO's, like Red Hat, VA
Linux, Cobalt and (then) Andover made a big impression on Wall
Street, but I'm actually looking at next year's new Linux
companies for some sound reasoning and strong business
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