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Linux Journal: Linux on Holiday?; Some Linux People Facing Hard Times

Jan 03, 2001, 14:15 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Emmett Plant)

"I'm going to take this chance to tell you about the less fortunate. While it's nice to talk about how great Linux is, and how wonderful the ideology is, I wanted to make sure you knew that a lot of Linux people are unemployed this December."

"It has not been good for Linux recently. When Linux enthusiasts all over the world waved their flags when VA Linux had their massive initial public offering, they didn't expect to see the stock drop to today's 9 and three-sixteenths points. There have been layoffs all over the Linux sector. LinuxMall has been in strange financial water, even TheLinuxShow has been plagued by cash flow issues."

"Let me tell you about my friend Andrea. Last year, on the fifteenth of December, Linuxcare announced the acquisition of Prosa, a consulting firm from Padua, Italy. Not long after the acquisition, Davide Barbieri offered Andrea a position at Linuxcare Italy. In May of this year, Linuxcare announced prominent layoffs after management insanity. It's December again, and Linuxcare Italy doesn't exist anymore."

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