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LinuxPlanet: LinuxBiz: A Daring Rescue, and Plans, Finally, to Make Money

Aug 31, 2001, 13:06 (25 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)
"Welcome to a new feature of Linux Planet, where every other week we'll focus on things related to the business aspects of Linux. But, we hope, this feature will be different from most Linux business coverage, which is either rewritten PR pieces or articles bemoaning the presence of filthy lucre in our pristine little community. There is much to talk about, and there are serious questions to be asked. We hope to talk about those things and ask those questions. Many involved in both the development and the use of Linux probably are only peripherally concerned about these things, but there are others, people who have to decide whether to make the commitment to move their businesses to Linux or to provide investment capital to Linux companies, to whom good information is a valuable tool. They need to know that Linux isn't some flaky operating system put together by people who will move on to other things as soon as their interest wanes. They need to know that moving to Linux, or investing in the ideas of Linux programmers, is not a dead end -- or in cases where it might be, that it might be.

And the business aspects of Linux are all over, sometimes taking surprising turns. This was the week of the Linux World Conference and Expo in San Francisco, but it was also the week of some surprising developments. Because many Linux business people were in San Francisco and difficult to pin down for deep interviews, we will begin with a look at recent Linux business developments, each of which is the kind of thing to which an entire edition of LinuxBiz will be devoted."

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