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CNN: Taking Stock of Linux

Aug 10, 2001, 17:31 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Richtmyer)

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"Remember the Linux frenzy of late 1999 and early 2000? A lot of investors would probably rather forget.

The stocks of companies that specialize in Linux have been among the hardest hit by the technology sector's precipitous decline. But at the same time, enthusiasm for and adoption of the Linux operating system software has continued to grow.

Linux is an "open-source" operating system. That means the underlying code that makes it work is available for anyone to view and modify, as long as they share their modifications with the rest of the Linux community. It's widely available for free on the Internet, but several companies have emerged that offer for sale their own versions of the software, as well as attendant support and services."

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