"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
"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
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