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TheKompany.com: A New Approach to Linux Business

Sep 25, 2000, 12:44 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

"And so began a series of projects. Most are open source, free software. But in addition, Gordon and his company, theKompany.com, are producing specialized development tools that, while typically Linux-based, will work on multiple platforms and will be sold to businesses."

"This hybrid -- producing open-source software, helping with existing projects, and working on proprietary projects, too -- is a thin wire to walk, but Gordon says it's working."

"We're trying to build something professional and not piss people off," he said in a recent interview from his California headquarters. The first part of the plan was to round up the available Linux development tools and offer a distribution aimed at developers. The result was a product called PowerPlant.

"We essentially hit on an idea that we would go around and get all these languages, IDEs, libraries, different tools for developing applications on Linux, and put together what we're calling a second-tier distribution, though it's actually complementary to any RPM or DEB-based system. We ended up with three CDs of our stuff and one CD of demo games from Loki. And while the license has changed [MySQL recently went GPL], you still get a full commercial license for MySQL with PowerPlant. There are about 150 different types of applications. It's like a Linux distribution in the sense that we're selling the convenience." It doesn't include Linux itself, though. 'We thought, why compete with everybody? There really isn't a reason to, since all we want to do is make a distribution for developers.'"

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