Wired: More Tech Backers for Linux

“Red Hat Software, a distributor of the Linux operating system,
said it received investments from three more computer companies:
IBM, Compaq, and Novell.”

“The announcement didn’t disclose the value of the investments,
but said the companies would all take a minority stake in the

“While Linux software is free, companies like Red Hat plan to
make money by selling support and services to corporations using
the operating system”

Article also mentions the Netscape Communicator update and
Debian 2.1 Debut.