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Canada Computes: Linux - Business Unusual? Stormix Folding?

Feb 05, 2001, 16:53 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Coe)

"Linux's honeymoon is over. Last year, you could have stuck the word "Linux" onto a box of cat litter and investors would have torn their left eyes out to get a piece of it. Now Linux is yesterdays news. The hype has died down. For those who rode the wave of Linux hype, what now? Whether it be investor withdrawal, or the money simply running out, a lot of smaller Linux companies seem to be headed for disaster. The question is, does this really surprise anyone?"

"The company that inspired this column is Stormix, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Now, this story is UNSUBSTANTIATED... Various rumours persist, but they all seem to follow a similar theme. Stormix is or has filed for bankruptcy. ... According to one user who sent in all the information for his mail-in rebate, he received a letter saying he won't be receiving it."

"In business, there is finite room for competition. While Linux doesn't have one dominant distribution, it does have a "king of the hill", that being Redhat. The simple reason being that Redhat is the most widely used and easiest to setup. At least, that is what the marketing would have you believe. The problem for Stormix and their Storm Linux distribution is finding their niche. They didn't/haven't."

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