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Software Development Times: Linux and the Tipping Point

Mar 03, 2001, 15:02 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Rubenstein)

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"Now, just because Linux in the enterprise is set to take off doesn't mean that being in the business of selling Linux implementations is necessarily a good thing. It can be difficult selling a free product, as two of the most respected Linux distributors-SuSE and TurboLinux-announced layoffs late last month."

"SuSE is reported to be laying off 75 percent of its U.S. work force, yet claims its commitment to this market will not be affected. No reason was given for the move. TurboLinux is said to have begun laying off 40 of its 120-member staff as part of a restructuring brought about by its acquisition of LinuxCare, which is reported to be laying off 10 percent of its staff."

"Unless distributors can find compelling Linux services and a sustainable business model, Linux may very well grow like weeds in the enterprise while vendors wither on the vine outside."

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