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..."