"Geez, can't anyone make money in Open Source? When
enthusiasts like LinuxWorld's Nick Petreley begin to wonder, then
you know there's trouble ahead. But people are making money in Open
Source, investors are still wild about some Open Source companies,
and Open Source is winning some big markets."
"While the best-known U.S. stocks are tanking, investment
companies are circling around competent system integration and
consulting houses with solid Linux and Open Source credentials. One
case in point; every year, the Wall Street Journal polls European
venture funds to ask which firms they wish they had invested in
(but didn't). Scoring near the top of the "Envy Poll" was a French
software consulting house called IdealX. The reason that VCs wish
they had invested in IdealX? The company's Open Source expertise.
Is that expertise all that much better than the expertise possessed
by many readers? Probably not, but it's a model that investors
"Contract development houses, and software consultancies, are
going to make money in the Open Source marketplace. So are network
security firms that have used Linux to create nearly crash-proof
firewalls and Web security systems. Firms like Axent Technology
made a profit this year. But there are several other markets where
the Open Source development model is going to truly change
everything. For example ..."