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IT-Director.com: Linux: the beginning, not the end

Dec 08, 2000, 16:41 (4 Talkback[s])
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"On Monday of this week, Red Hat, a leading seller of Linux software and services, closed three offices and laid off 20 employees in San Francisco. Red Hat also closed a 15-person office in Newbury, England, and a five-person office in Cagnes sur Mer, France."

"It was all very different just a year ago. When the dotcom bubble was inflating Red Hat was talking of its "highly successful initial public offering". Since then, the bubble has burst and everything has changed, especially in San Francisco. As reported by Andrew Orlowski in his 'Silicon Valley Blues' column for Computer Weekly, San Francisco has seen a rise in the supply of recycling material, exhumed from vacant dotcom offices, delivered via shopping trolley by vagrant bounty hunters."

"Linux began as a hobby, an open source version of Unix developed to run on cheap Intel x86 PCs. The combination of the cheapness of the platform and the entirely free nature of the code meant that Linux established a core base of users pretty quickly. If you needed a dedicated DNS server for your LAN, you could download it for free and install it on an antiquated system, and Linux quickly established itself in the server room through this route."

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