Agreed - what is the relevance to FOSS in general?
Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on May 12, 2007 09:01 AM
What exactly did this company do? I can't even tell from the descriptions here:
"its efforts to commercialize Debian..."
"reinvented itself by offering update services and modular components for building specialized GNU/Linux distributions"
Uhm, with everybody moaning about the excessive number of Linux distros, this seems like a recipe for failure on the face of it, if I even understand what that description means.
Then they were trying to compete with Canonical with a couple dozen employees? Good luck with that! Canonical has 50 or more employees, revenue of $10 million/year, and the backing of someone with deep pockets.
It's unfortunate when a FOSS company goes under, and I'm sure the lessons learned here are valuable for any small company, but I don't see anything that is particularly applicable to FOSS per se as a business model.