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Smart Partner: Linux : who's left standing?

Mar 06, 2001, 12:44 (44 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"The weaker Linux players won't consolidate. Instead, they'll just die."

"Last Aug. 14, I predicted in our cover story "Linux Slugfest" that Caldera and Red Hat would be the only major Linux distributors left standing (see Linux SlugFest). Anyone still want a piece of that bet? I didn"t think so."

"Since then, SuSE has nearly abandoned the North American business market. There will still be an English language version, but with its U.S. cutbacks, you can forget about getting the support you need to place SuSE Linux in businesses."

"Also, second-tier Linux firms appear to be in a heap of trouble. Stormix Technologies, for example, has both a firewall Linux distribution and another that's been customized for ISPs and ASPs. The Vancouver, British Columbia, company made the right moves in deals with resellers and integrators like ION Computer Systems and NetStation. Nevertheless, Stormix ran out of cash and has filed for bankruptcy. Corel is trying to get out of the Linux distribution business, period."

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