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March 3, 1999

LINUX PORTALS: TWO BUZZWORDS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE

By CBR Staff Writer

Two companies have launched portal sites to capitalize on the wave of enthusiasm for Linux. First up, San Francisco, California-based Linuxcare Inc has launched what it claims is the world’s first round-the-clock Linux support site. The Linuxcare Knowledgebase is geared toward IT managers of Fortune 1000 companies. The site’s engine retrieves and indexes current Linux technical support information, combining it into a single repository. Support staff categorize, cull and clean the data. The Linuxcare Knowledgebase runs on SearchCafe Development Corp’s three-tier Java-based architecture and uses IBM’s Intelligent Miner for Text. An Oracle 8 database stores the information. In other Linux portal news, Mountain View, California-based VA Research Linux Systems has paid an undisclosed sum to Linux developer Fred van Kempen for the linux.com domain name. VA plans to turn that site into a community portal with the help of an advisory board that includes van Kempen, Linux World’s Nicholas Petreley, VA’s own marketing manager Chris DiBona and Rob Malda, 22-year-old creator of hacker site Slashdot.org.

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