"To prominent Linux proponents such as Red Hat's Bob Young or VA
Linux Systems' Larry Augustin, "open source" is more than just a
way of creating software; it's a religion. "Open source is
inevitable: If you're not involved in open source, you need to be,"
Augustin said in his keynote speech at the recent Linux World trade
show in New York...."
"But for software companies looking to make money, open
source presents a challenge. After all, in the end you're not going
to get far trying to convince Wall Street of the benefits of
selling free software for a living. That's why many Linux
companies have latched onto the idea of providing services based on
the OS, such as integration, custom development, training and
"TurboLinux is trying a different strategy: It adds
enterprise-oriented features to its version of Linux and charges a
premium for them. So, for example, the company has well-regarded
clustering technology for Linux and charges $1,000 to $2,000 for
that feature, according to Miller. While that may sound like a lot
considering the Linux OS itself is free, Miller says companies are
used to paying far more for this type of functionality, noting that
clustering on Unix systems run upwards of $10,000."
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