Where Does Linux Go From Here?
Oct 23, 2007, 00:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Linux is now mainstream--so mainstream, in fact, that two of
the top three Linux distributions are commercially successful
operations, and the third aims to be. Every day, more and more
old-school IT firms shake off their initial doubts, get in line
behind their customers, and try Linux and other free software
projects. In the face of such success, will Linux remain true to
its free software ideals and to the community which created it? Or
will it morph into a corporate byproduct, driven by the bottom
line, and complacent with all forms of predatory intellectual
property (IP), including software patents and closed, proprietary
standards which are standard fare in the IT industry.
"Red Hat is the most successful commercial distribution of
Linux. It has refined the model of selling services, not software,
to the nth degree..."