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E-Commerce Times: Who's Making Money from Linux?

Apr 03, 2003, 11:30 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

"But what about pure-play Linux companies? Finding the right revenue model has been a challenge for Red Hat and SuSE, arguably the biggest players in the Linux market.

"Some people compare open source and free software to oxygen and water. These resources are all around us, and most of us are used to getting them for free. But there are still opportunities for people to make money by selling oxygen or water: Purify it, bottle it and deliver it, and it becomes a cash cow.

"Similarly, there are ways to make money by selling Linux. Mark de Visser, vice president of marketing at Red Hat, told the E-Commerce Times that his company is confident it can turn a profit. 'From all indications, we have come up with a business model that works and that companies appreciate,' he said..."

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