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
Member since:
2006-06-18

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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RE[7]: Comment by stabbyjones
by moondevil on Sun 16th Sep 2012 07:51 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by stabbyjones"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

All those examples only work for enterprise software, where people are willing to pay for support.

When you don't pay for support, like desktop software, it is not possible to keep a company afloat, just by doing PayPal donations.

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RE[8]: Comment by stabbyjones
by Lennie on Sun 16th Sep 2012 09:42 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by stabbyjones"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

The current enterprise runs mostly on proprietary software, this is partly due to inertia.

But if all enterprises were running open source desktop software, most people would do the same at home.

Because that is the software they know, they work with it every day.

Trust me, I support users who are not technical and they can use an open source desktop just as well as a no open source desktop.

The desktop runs Ubuntu LTS, which works really well for them. They had just as many problems (user not understanding something), than they had with running a Windows desktop. But the Ubuntu LTS desktop I've set up for them is more predictable then Windows.

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RE[8]: Comment by stabbyjones
by chithanh on Mon 17th Sep 2012 22:45 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by stabbyjones"
chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

All those examples only work for enterprise software, where people are willing to pay for support.

When you don't pay for support, like desktop software, it is not possible to keep a company afloat, just by doing PayPal donations.

Mozilla does produce some enterprise software (such as Bugzilla) but I think the majority of users are Firefox end users who don't pay for support. Especially #3 and #5 can generate revenue from end users, and this is how Canonical hopes to profit from being preloaded on the next Dell lineup.

Besides, you asked:
how many Red-Hats can there be world wide?
and Red Hat exclusively sells to enterprise customers.

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