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Forbes: Living with Linux

Feb 16, 2000, 18:52 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lisa R. Goldbaum)

"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 consulting...."

"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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