Originally Published: Wednesday, 19 January 2000 Author: Ronny Ko
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A New Year and A Radically New Processor

Barely into 2000, we're already seeing the continued rise of Linux as a viable alternative to Windows. TurboLinux, another Linux distribution besides Red Hat or Caldera, received $50 million in additional funding from Compaq, BEA Systems, Dell and others. Caldera is not standing still. The company has filed to go public....

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Barely into 2000, we're already seeing the continued rise of Linux as a viable alternative to Windows. TurboLinux, another Linux distribution besides Red Hat or Caldera, received $50 million in additional funding from Compaq, BEA Systems, Dell and others. Caldera is not standing still. The company has filed to go public.

When companies start receiving huge initial investment funding, the trend is more than likely that it will go public very soon. Will the trend continue with the number one Linux e-commerce site, LinuxMall? LinuxMall received $500,000 from SCO, maker of another flavor of Unix.

It is clear that the trend will continue. But will all Linux IPOs be successful? LinuxOne, a company which has no revenue and was only incorporated in September 1999, filed to go public almost immediately. The company has no major financial backer other than funds provided by their founder and CEO, Mr. Wun Chiou, who founded Pacific Microelectronics which then became NetUSA. The company is a spam mail service, currently trading at around the 50 cents mark.

Many feel that trust is earned.

As I write this, the highly secretive Transmeta Corporation is scheduled to release their highly secretive new Crusoe processor. Named after the fictional character Robinson Crusoe, it is anticipated (January 19th, 2000) that this processor will be a breakaway from how processors are looked at. Much has been said about this processor including rumors that it will be completely software-based and, as such, it will do away with many of today's requirements to constantly upgrade a computer system simply because its processor has become too slow to run today's killer applications.

Funded by Microsoft's cofounder Paul Allen, AT&T's Bell Labs early processor architect and Linux's creator, Linus Torvalds, Transmeta is a company to keep your eyes out for.

Ronny Ko is the Editor-in-Chief of 32BitsOnline Magazine, a multi-platform magazine founded on the idea that "There's more than one way to Compute."





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