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Linux lows are an investment in the future.
If, like me, you own stock in one or more Linux companies, this year
considered selling a kidney to break even. Things look bleak
when viewed from Wall Street. One the other hand, the dot-coms are probably
in worse shape than the Linux stocks. At least none of our better known
(re: once high flying) public companies has folded yet.
Yet despite the dreary appearance of stocks, there is room for hope. In
fact, there is room to be downright giddy. Over on C|Net, J. William
Gurley took the wrappings off the silver lining in this bear of a market.
In his article
Great Time for Building Great Companies he says:
The race we just ended was, in the end, unsustainable.
Most investors that had seen a few cycles before
likely knew this in the back
of their minds, but had no incentive to mention anything. The conservative
ones that cried wolf in 1994 and 1995 were run over and left behind.
When everyone jumped on the Linux Bandwagon, the euphoria that drove stocks
to the unsustainable highs was based on the dot-com boom. As Gurley says,
no one wanted to deny the boom - those that did missed the money. But that
euphoria had no basis in reality. It was based on perception - the
Internet is the next big wave so anyone involved with it must be a big
money making machine. Yeah, right.
Does making a business off of free
software make sense? Ask yourself this -
what's more irrational - Drkoop.com paying AOL $89million so AOL could
use Drkoop's content or Red Hat building a product and services
business on free software?
Valuations of dot-coms, and eventually
Linux companies, left out the most traditional method of income: product.
Dot-coms bet their futures on people paying for information. But
information is free (consider those institutions known as "Libraries").
can provide product. Not just Linux itself, but value added applications,
enhancements, environments, platforms and services. Linux is not dot-com.
Later in his article, Gurley says:
Truly great companies aren't built by the greedy, but by the passionate.
... Today's market is a great filter for finding passion-driven
entrepreneurs. It's really not about the money.
The passion that spurred the rise of Linux initially has never left.
It remains in the surge of adrenaline that you see in places like SourceForge.
Products arise from the open source world to build new companies on
modified business models - models that still rely on product, not just
information. But the soul of these new companies isn't in the money, it's
in the work. Open source builds product. Dot-coms seldom do.
Savvy companies that adapt quickly
and conserve capital may find themselves in a position with few to no
Linux companies will survive as long as they conserve capital. With
valuations down, the ability to spend based on stock is severely limited -
companies need real revenue. Fortunately, most of the bigger names
can generate real revenue. And in the end, their stock prices will rise
because of that revenue. From the revenue, they will invest in the next big
project - perhaps a
vector based page layout application. As a writer (and an investor)
I can only hope.
The European Software Patent Horror Gallery.
A group called The Association for the Promotion of a Free Informational
Infrastructure has announced the creation of the 'European Software Patent Horror Gallery', a database of software
patents which have been granted in Europe. "This database shows that
software patents granted by the European Patent Office are even more
trivial than software patents granted in the United States." It was
unveiled on November 21 in Munich, with Richard Stallman there as
a special guest.
VA Linux meets lowered earnings estimate (News.com).
After warning earlier this month of lowered earnings, news that
sunk their stock price to an all time low and carried other Linux stocks
with it, VA Linux reported losses in line with revised estimates of
15 cents a
Red Hat Joins Standard 100.
According to a
Hat press release,
the Linux distribution and services company was added on Monday to The Standard
stock index of 100 Internet related firms.
EBIZ acquires Jones Business Systems.
EBIZ has announced
the signing of an agreement to buy Jones Business Systems, a "white box"
computer manufacturer. Jones is selling for 8.3 million shares of
EBIZ stock, which is worth just over $6 million at current prices.
It is claimed that the resulting company will have $50 million in
Meanwhile, EBIZ also released its
quarterly report. The company brought in $2.4 million in the
quarter ending September 30 - down from $5.6 million in the
same quarter last year. The drop is attributed to a new focus on
higher-end Linux systems, rather than cheap Windows boxes. And, in fact,
the result was a small increase in the company's gross profit.
Music software company releases Linux product.
MusicMatch, Inc. released
based music jukebox player/recorder for Linux. The package is free for
download from their web site.
Macmillan USA Announces Release of Linux for Windows.
Macmillan USA has released their latest version of
for Windows, the
Linux-Mandrake based distribution for Windows users.
D.H. Brown Rates VA Linux Systems as No. 1 in Linux Strategy and Solutions.
VA Linux Systems, Inc. (LNUX) announced that D.H. Brown Associates, Inc.
(DHBA), a research and consulting firm, has rated
as No. 1
in overall Linux strategy in DHBA's recently released multi-client
study on "Linux Strategies and Solutions."
Open Source Products
Unless specified, license is unverified.
has been set up as a commerical entity around the
Orasoft suite of
Gtk and GNOME based tools for use with Oracle databases.
Hat, Inc. (RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. and SUNNYVALE, Calif.) announced
with nBand Communications, Inc., a broadband wireless
technology company, a port of the Red Hat GNUPro embedded development
tools to nFlex, nBand's broadband wireless communications processor.
Commercial Products for Linux
Knowledge Systems (CHICAGO) announced the release of HASP CD9
software for the HASP4 hardware-based software protection system that
offers high-level security for Linux developers.
International, Inc. (SPRINGFIELD, Va) announced the release of
Passage 3.0, an enterprise security solution that supports the Linux
Systems, Inc. (MILPITAS, Calif.) unveiled
BlackTie functional checker, a full-chip, multi-million gate
capacity tool for the verification of system-on-a-chip
(SOC) designs. This release includes a Linux version.
- Nitrosoft LINUX (OTTAWA)
the release of its e-Management software, N-able IT Monitor. N-able
IT Monitor monitors your hardware and software server activity
and provides real time statistical information.
- Trustix AS (TRONDHEIM, Norway)
announced the release of the eBusiness Systems management tool for
Linux, XPloy 2.0.
Products and Services Using Linux
- Inter-Con/PC, Inc. (LAS VEGAS, Nev.)
announced that the company has chosen DiskOnChip, from M-Systems, as the
local storage device for its Linux-based CyberSpider TV set-top box, a
personal Internet computer device that uses a television as the monitor and
includes a wireless keyboard.
Critical Linux, Inc. (LOWELL, Massachusetts) and Panasonic announced
that Panasonic DVD-RAM drives, and Terabyte libraries configured with the
drives, support Mission Critical Linux's Convolo Cluster solution.
- Neoware Systems (KING OF PRUSSIA, PA)
introduced NeoLinux 2.0, the latest version of its embedded Linux
operating system, at Comdex Fall 2000.
(DALLAS) launched a server
appliance data center explicitly for Cobalt RaQ
products from Cobalt Networks, Inc.
Inc. (SAN MATEO, Calif.) unveiled its Partners in Education Program
(PEN) by announcing that DePaul University and Indiana University will offer
e-commerce classes featuring the Zelerate AllCommerce application
in Spring 2001.
Products with Linux Versions
Associates International (ISLANDIA, N.Y.) announced the latest
release of version 2.4 of its Unicenter TNG eBusiness management solution.
This release now includes support for Red Hat, Caldera, SuSE and
Inc. (MT. AIRY, MD) announced the beta release of version 2.0 of the
lite version of its WebSite Director
product line. This new release includes
significant enhancements, including User Interface Improvements,
User-specific Working Directories, an integrated Mime Types Editor, and
Dynamic Content (ASP, JSP, PHP, etc.) support. WebSite Director lite is
available for Linux platforms.
Inc. (REDWOOD SHORES, CA) announced the availability of
on Linux and Oracle 8i release 2.
Systems (DEDHAM, Mass) announced availability of
the PowerCommunications Development Environment
(aka PowerCode) for testing new communications software systems.
Mobile Data (UTRECHT, Netherlands) has chosen BakBone Software's
NetVault storage management software to safeguard
applications and data for
transportation companies throughout the Netherlands.
- Empower Interactive Group Ltd.
(LONDON) released its Java-based Empowered WAP Gateway to the open source
Inc. (BERKELEY, Calif.) shipped its newest cross-platform Lisp and Java
development environment, Allegro CL 6.
Books and Training
Horizons Computer Learning Center (SANTA ANA, Calif.)
announced it will provide training to
clients based on content developed by Sair Linux Inc.
Systems Inc. (PHOENIX) announced that founder and President Evan
Blomquist has become the first SAIR Linux/GNU Certified Instructor in the
world. Blomquist also has a seat on the SAIR Linux/GNU Advisory Board.
Communications, Inc. (VANCOUVER, B.C) was selected by
to host twelve Internet broadcast radio stations.
(TORONTO) announced its partnership with
Tech Data Canada where Tech Data
will distribute sangoma's line of
connectivity hardware and software products for networks and Internet
AG and Birdstep Technology ASA (SAN RAMON, Calif. and OSLO, Norway)
announced a partnership to permit the exchange of information between
Software AG's Tamino XML database and Birdstep's DataBase Engine on
(DAYTON, Ohio) announced a strategic partnership with Bruewer Woodwork.
- Texas Instruments
Incorporated (HOUSTON) entered into an agreement with Jungo Software
Technologies Inc. to add Jungo's Linux residential gateway software onto
TI's broadband Bluetooth-enabled cable modems.
Corporation (PITTSBURGH) and GoAhead Software
announced they will be offering a
software solution for complex telecom
and Internet systems. As part of this agreement, TimeSys will also be
joining the GoAhead Integration Alliance (GIA).
Investments and Acquisitions
Enterprises Inc.(SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.) announced it was acquiring Houston
based JBSi (Jones Business Systems, Inc.).
Technologies, Inc. (ATLANTA, Georgia) announced plans to acquire
Optomi, Inc., a provider of B2B e-commerce solutions.
Financing and Financial Results
(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) announced that it has signed definitive share
purchase agreements for the purpose of raising US$1 million from Standard
Radio Inc. (with participation
from two of its executive officers, Gary Slaight and David Coriat) and from
Jeffrey Mandelbaum, Global Media's Chairman, President and CEO. In
connection with the current financing, GlobalMedia's Board of
Directors has been restructured.
Linux Systems (FREMONT, Calif.) reported record revenue of $56.1
the fiscal first quarter, 2001, ended October 27, 2000, an increase of
278% compared to the same period of fiscal 2000 and an increase of 11%
compared to the prior fiscal quarter.
(VANCOUVER) announced that Board Member Barr Potter
has joined the company as President and Chief Operating Officer.
Inc. (BOISE, Idaho)
announced the appointment of Rudy Prince as CEO and Chairman of the Board.
Additionally, Rick Seger has been appointed Vice President of Business
(TORONTO) announced the appointments of Gary Collins as
its President & CEO, and Michael Hubbert to its Board of Directors.
Corporation (DAYTON, Ohio) appointed Yit K. Lee
as its new Chief Operating Officer.
Corporation (FAIRFAX, Va.) announced Tod R. Rehm has joined the company
as President and COO and Dewayne Adams has joined the Company as Chief
Computer Corp. (HOUSTON, TX) announced the offering of their ProLiant
Servers preinstalled with Red Hat 7.0.
Software Technologies, Inc. (PHOENIX, AZ.) announced that HP
Ultrium Tape Drives have been certified to be Linux compatible.
Inc. (OTTAWA) announced that knowledgelinx 2000, a
Web-based knowledge-sharing and management software application, is available
Software Technologies (BURNABY, British Columbia) unveiled a new look
on its web site.
The New Internet Computer Company (SAN FRANCISCO), the company
backed by Oracle CEO Larry Ellison,
announced a limited time price cut on its NIC bundle to $319.98.
Corp. (PITTSBURGH, PA.) announced the launch of its Japan-based sales
and support office, TimeSys Japan, K.K. Located in suburban Tokyo in the
college-town of Kichijoji.
Beach Systems (LAS VEGAS) began taking orders for its
home-networked digital audio appliance, the AudioTron. It is
compatible with all major operating systems, including Linux.
Corporation (FAIRFAX, Va.) provided a summary of highlights of the
Comdex 2000 show held in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Section Editor: Michael J. Hammel.
November 23, 2000