Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 1st Apr 2005 10:58 UTC
Novell and Ximian One of the highlights of Joe Barr's trip to Salt lake City last month for BrainShare 2005 was the opportunity to interview Miguel de Icaza, a mercurial star of the free software movement who has been responsible for hugely successful projects and also founded his own company with Nat Friedman that was later acquired by Novell.
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"I think Mono is pretty impressive technically, but I've never seen any explanation of how Novell expect to make any money out of it. "

Novell will make money off of mono the same way RedHat makes money on working with gnome, the kernel, and a host of other opensource software. Novell will make money on mono the same way Sun makes money of off openoffice. Novell will make money the same way IBM makes money by having people work on the Linux kernel and a host of other opensource projects. Imagine where Linux will be if noone bothered to invest money on any opensource projects.

Now, I have a question for you. If you are charging an arm and a leg for Linux support and you are one of two Linux brands people trust, wouldn't you think it will be a really good way to expand your market audience and hence the ability to increase your marketshare (= making money) if you have a nice GUI and the ability to run the exact same programs the guy with 98% of the market is running and has bet his entire future on?

If it still doesn't make sense, consider this. I am a company and I have the same OS 98% of the world use on their desktop. I have x number of internal programs written in .NET. In addition, I have a whole bunch of commercial products written in .NET, maybe Office programs, Great Plains ERP, Adobe, POS software, etc. Now don't you think Novell might have a slightly easier time convincing me to change operating systems if I can actually use my existing programs?