My memory had LinuxOne scam being revealed quickly.
Posted Jan 17, 2008 22:18 UTC (Thu) by rickmoen
In reply to: My memory had LinuxOne scam being revealed quickly.
Parent article: Ten-year timeline, part 2: the bubble days
TxtEdMacs, that would be me.
I was chief system administrator at a then-well-known open source firm, and kept hearing from one of our sales force about how promising LinuxOne and its new distribution was. He had one of their sample CDs, so I looked through it, researched the company, kept finding slightly odd things and so kept digging. By the following day, I had enough for a carefully factual post about the firm to Silicon Valley Linux User Group's main discussion e-mail list -- which got me separate invitations from The Register and IDG (linuxworld.com) to write full articles. After verifying that they were OK with my doing both pieces, I did a write-up (in IDG's case, in collaboration with one of their staff writers whose double-checking of facts was invaluable).
The full story thus came out in a few days, and it gave me no pleasure to write it. If I recall correctly, the firm changed its business model, but then disappeared fairly soon thereafter.
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