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Financial Times: The future looks assured

Oct 18, 2001, 11:50 (12 Talkback[s])

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"...Ironically, as the operating system finds increasing market share and support among large IT companies, the smaller concerns which package and sell Linux have been experiencing difficulties. In the last months, Corel, the software company, has spun off its solutions provider or "distribution" as it is called in the Linux world. SuSE has announced redundancies, particularly affecting its US office, and MandrakeSoft, makers of the well-regarded Mandrake distribution, lost many members of its senior management including the chief executive. Linuxcare, Turbolinux and VA Linux Systems have also laid off staff.

Only US-based Red Hat is on the point of breaking even - it posted a small profit in the first quarter of this year and a small loss in the latest quarter.

In general, however, the millions of copies of Linux in use have not translated into profits. This is not surprising, seeing that Linux's licence requires that it be able to be copied and modified freely.

Yet this, increasingly, looks like its defining strength for business use."

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