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LinuxWorld: Questioning Linux community commitment - Business and the open source community: Can one support the other?

Mar 23, 2001, 06:43 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Drake)

"However, it seems that the one thing the Linux community doesn't have influence over, or perhaps even commitment to, is the profitability of Linux...."

"I am suggesting that the Linux community needs to step up to the plate and start supporting the stampede of elephants it created."

"That's right, Red Hat didn't create Red Hat and SuSE didn't create SuSE; the Linux community created them both. If not for the thousands of open source and free software programmers who have dedicated every waking moment to better our beloved Antarctic operating system, the millions of installations that exist today wouldn't be around at all. Those installations exist largely because somewhere deep within the bowels of a datacenter, there are underpaid, underappreciated, overworked geeks who pushed and pushed until supervisors agreed to let them put a Linux box on the network. (OK, sometimes the supervisor didn't even know until after the fact.)"

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