"There was a period where watching Linux distributions come and
go was both head-spinning and melancholy. The roll call of failed
Linux companies is long, and it includes everyone from true
believers who just couldn't make it through tough times to
opportunists and last-gasp outfits that thought the mere hype power
of Linux alone would save them.
"When we tick off the real commercial survivors of the past five
years, we include Red Hat and SUSE, we usually note that TurboLinux
is alive and kicking in the Asia-Pacific region, we point out that
Conectiva remains in South America, we might think to name Progeny
as a concern that continues, and we'll probably say 'oh, yeah, and
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