Linux Magazine’s Top 20 Companies to Watch in 2008
Who knows what the future will hold? Well, heaven knows we don't or we'd have already won the lottery a few times and retired to a private island somewhere. However, we can look at the past to make a few reasonable predictions-- such as the companies in the free and open source software community that are going to have a major impact on the market in 2008.
We’re big fans of the virtual appliance concept here at Linux Magazine. Why hassle with deploying software on 20 different Linux distros when you can just bundle up the OS and application and run it on top of VMware, Xen, KVM, Virtuozzo, or another virtualization technology?
It’s a no-brainer that Linux makes a great foundation for the virtual appliance concept, but trimming down the fat to get just what you need is quite a lot of work. That’s why we’re interested in rPath and its offerings.
The folks at rPath have paved the way to easy virtual appliances with their rBuilder technology and rPath Appliance program. You can even take rBuilder for a spin online to create your own virtual appliance foundation.
We think rPath has a solution that will appeal to a lot of ISVs in the coming year. It doesn’t hurt our assessment that a lot of the rPath DNA consists of former Red Hat employees, like Erik Troan and Billy Marshall, that were there when Red Hat was making its way into the enterprise. We’ll see if they can do it again.