LinuxPlanet: Editor's Note: Money Changes EverythingDec 10, 1999, 20:06 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kevin Reichard)
[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]
"It has been an amusing sight this week to see everyone scurrying around to get their piece of the Great Linux Money Grab 1999. From Eric Raymond expressing great surprise at his sudden wealth (yeah, right) to FSF/GNU acolytes expressing dismay that RMS didn't share in the wealth (ah, but purists are supposed to walk around in hair shirts and receive genius grants) to Forbes magazine expressing great disbelief that any Linux company could generate the revenues to warrant the pricing of VA Linux Systems on its first day of release, the stock market's determination that anything remotely Linux means big bucks has certainly forever changed the Linux world. Even Andover.net, which has a rather tenuous claim to being a "Linux" company (any "Linux" company that publishes a Windows site like Slaughterhouse can't claim to be a pure Linux play), managed to share in the wealth. (Everyone except, it seems, Linus Torvalds.)"
"But money changes everything, and in a few years we'll see whether the rush to wealth was a good thing or a bad thing."