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InfoWorld: Linux vendors facing test

“Despite the recent stock slide of several top-tier Linux
companies, analysts and executives in the open-source community
said that leading Linux vendors remain viable enterprise
suppliers.”

“Several high-flying stocks, including Red Hat, VA Linux
Systems, and Andover.Net, have been steadily trending down since
their record-setting IPOs last year. But what drove stocks down —
making financial analysts, and perhaps some Linux users, take a
closer look at the prospective fortunes of Linux — was the
less-than-spectacular offering by Caldera Systems and the
unexpected decision of Linuxcare to pull back its scheduled IPO and
replace its CEO, Fernand Sarrat.”

But Linux vendors this week said that these happenings will
not greatly restrict their ability to invest in the future, or even
portend a near-term shakeout.


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