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Linux Weekly News: Interview with Ga�l Duval

May 24, 2001, 03:09 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by J. Corbet)

LWN conducted an interview with MandrakeSoft's Gaël Duval addressing some of the news from the last few days. Despite predictions of his company's imminent demise, Duval is optimistic, and LWN says "MandrakeSoft looks like it is in reasonably good shape."

"The situation is strange because the growth perspectives have never been as good as now: all data show that Linux is gaining market share every day. But at the same time, the financial markets are depressed, which has brought some young and fragile Linux companies, such as Eazel, to an end. It's bad because Eazel was kind of a symbol of the new Linux era, and at the same time there was much hope in their products.

So I think the key word is currently "psychology". It's NOT because some some startups have been killed by the stock markets that Linux is going bad. Linux is going very well: Linux 2.4 is an extremely nice OS, the new versions of KDE and GNOME are incredible. On the business side, we are growing quickly, I know Red Hat is planning profitability soon. We are really far away from the Internet companies!"

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