Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 28th Feb 2006 22:45 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems "BIOS giant Phoenix, the company responsible for the pieces of code saved on flash memory and which initialize our computers and interfaces to the hardware at the low level - even before the OS loads, is giving us plenty of reasons to support the case of an open source BIOS."
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Er, White Box Linux is free...
by rklrkl on Wed 1st Mar 2006 10:58 UTC in reply to "RE: Misleading title..."
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> Look at White Box linux. They take Red hat's source tree remove Red Hat's trademarked items compile it, and sell it for less than Red Hat, yet Red hat still does more business than White box.

Well, I suppose they do "sell it for less" because it's free didn't you know? As is what appears to be a better "fork" (CentOS) of RHEL - sometimes you wonder why all these free versions of RHEL don't just merge into one...there is *no* point in having more than one near-identical free clone of RHEL (it's one of the few areas of Linux where more "competition" is actually worse!).

You've got to remember that Red Hat's reason for charging is that they have to maintain the distro for 5-7 years and provide support for it - the software itself is almost all free in the first place (except for some Red Hat artwork/trademark name issues), so they were always leaving themselves open to someone cloning it and releasing it for free. That's the risk Red Hat were willing to take and it hasn't impacted their business too badly. Of course, they do charge an arm and a leg for support (the world's most expensive Linux distro?) which if you're experienced with Linux admin, you don't really need (but Red Hat won't sell RHEL without support!) since CentOS + Red Hat's Bugzilla is often good enough without spending a pennty.

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