The Next Silicon Valley?

Portland's Linux geeks are digging in for a battle against Seattle's Microsoft.
February 5, 2004, 1pm PST | David Gest
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"An unlikely army of hacker hippies, geek visionaries, idealistic teachers and corporate giants is making Portland ground zero of a digital revolution." The GNU/Linux computer operating system is starting to worry Microsoft to the north, and could mean big things for Portland. "Portland's open-source rep is already attracting jobs. PolyServe, a company selling software that runs on Linux, moved its 60-person headquarters from California to Beaverton in early 2003 because key programmers it worked with were already here...'Portland has an extremely high talent level,' says [one business owner]. 'The cost of doing business is low compared to Silicon Valley or Seattle. So you have the advantage of a great pool to hire from, and in the West Coast time zone, you're close to the other tech meccas.'"

Thanks to David Gest

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Published on Wednesday, January 28, 2004 in Willamette Week
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