LinuxStockNews: Exclusive Interview with the Linux Fund

“…Our current capital pool is over twenty million dollars and
we have a letter of intent for over one hundred million. Our
current investments include the seminal application company run by
Miguel de Icaza, developer of the Gnome desktop that ships with Red
Hat Linux and Nat Friedman; the Linux Utilities Company, developers
of a set of software utilities akin to the Norton Utilities, and an
application company developing the Linux equivalent of Quicken. In
addition, we have two companies that are producing developer’s
tools, one that has an embedded version of Linux, one that has
produced software that runs Microsoft Windows under Linux, and a
company producing a Linux version of a secured operating system
that the U.S. government has ruled will be required on all new
government computers.”

“My partner and I envision the Linux software world being
divided into five different areas: applications, utilities,
developer’s tools, embedded systems, and games. We have spent the
last year and a half developing relationships and signing letters
of intent and term sheets with the companies that we have come to
believe will dominate the Linux software world. We are actively
looking at companies in each of these areas as well as in some new
ones, such as wireless technology.”

Unlike many venture capital firms or mutual funds, The
Linux Fund does not have a standard strategy of growing a company
with the intent of selling it and distributing the gains
. We
are in the Linux business through a network of partner companies.
The Linux Fund’s goal is to become the premier Linux company by
propelling Linux into the end user market.”


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