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Aug 30, 2000, 13:51 (0 Talkback[s])
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"In many ways, Randall Sprolles is like most mainstream Linux investors. The father of a college computer science student, Sprolles says he didn't find out about the free software operating system until he started reading magazines in an effort to catch up with the latest high-tech trends."

"It seemed like everywhere I looked I ran into information about this operating system called Linux," he says. "I started looking for ways to make investments in it but found there weren't any."

"Unlike most investors, however, Sprolles, owner of Financial Research Associates, an Abbingdon, Va.-based mergers and acquisition consulting firm, wasn't used to getting shut out of a prime investment opportunity. Rather than wait for a chance to buy Red Hat (RHAT) or VA Linux (LNUX) on the inflated open market, he began looking for other ground floor opportunities."

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