Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 14th Sep 2012 22:30 UTC
Intel You'd think this sort of stuff belonged to the past - but no. Apparently, Microsoft is afraid of Android on its Windows 8 tablets, because Intel has just announced that it will provide no support for Linux on its clover Trail processors. Supposedly, this chip is "designed for Windows 8". What?
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RE[6]: Comment by stabbyjones
by chithanh on Sat 15th Sep 2012 21:27 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by stabbyjones"
chithanh
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How do you propose to make money out of free software?

This question has been answered many times, and a number of business models exist to subsist on free software.

1) You can offer support by the "gurus" of the software
2) You can dual-license your software, asking money for the commercial license
3) You can sell non-free add-ons to your software
4) You can enter contracts for implementing customer desired features
5) You can lure users of your product into consuming your content/visiting your websites/etc.
6) You can create entirely new markets or overtake existing ones

Red Hat employs a number of kernel developers for the first reason. Also they do #4.
Digium (Asterisk) does at least #1, #2 and #3.
IBM, when they invested $1 bln in Linux certainly had #6 in mind.
Trolltech, before they were bought by Nokia, did #1, #2, #3 and #4, and after being bought stopped doing #3.
Mozilla Corporation, the for-profit subsidy of the Mozilla foundation, does #4 and #5

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