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GNU, GPL, Open Source The HURD was meant to be the true kernel at the heart of the GNU operating system. The promise behind the HURD was revolutionary -- a set of daemons on top of a microkernel that was intended to surpass the performance of the monolithic kernels of traditional Unix systems and in doing so, give greater security, freedom and flexibility to the users -- but it has yet to come down to earth.
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RE[5]: Reason Linux lives:
by nt_jerkface on Sat 3rd Jul 2010 02:38 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Reason Linux lives:"
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But this only proves my point. Oracle CAN do like this with Linux. It would not be possible to do like this with Apple OS X or Windows. This possibility is the sole reason Linux attracts lots of business people: you can easily make money out of Linux.

No it doesn't prove your point. It isn't splendid business for Red Hat when Oracle can cut into their profits without investing into Linux. Oracle makes their money from OracleDB and just picks up Linux customers from Red Hat as a way of making some extra cash and getting new customers closer to their proprietary database software.

You know what splendid business looks like? Being able to make billions a year in profit from a single software product. That's what Oracle does and the profit they take from Red Hat is pocket change to them. Now don't get me wrong, I think Oracle is a good company and undercutting Linux companies is fair game but I see nothing splendid from the point of view of Red Hat. Profitable yes, but not splendid or lucrative.

I am not saying this is good, but I am saying this opportunity draws attention from lots of business men who wants easy money.

I don't think it is easy money. Oracle can only do that because they have an strong corporate reputation and a tie-in with their database software. Novell also offers RHEL support and they certainly aren't getting rich from it.

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