Linux.com: Free Operating System Bringing in the Cash?

“Linux is the product of “a loosely knit team of talented
programmers working from all over the world.” It is provided free
and used by an estimated twelve million users. A handful of
companies, which have spent large amounts of time customizing Linux
into their own distribution package, are now cashing in the Linux
Is this a good thing for the Linux “revolution” and is
it fair that a few profit from the work of so many?”

“Most of these companies are capitalizing on selling the
operating system to businesses and consumers. These sales are
bringing more and more people into the Linux community; hopefully
this will prove well for the community in the long run.”

“However, there is a downside to all of this: the inability of
the Linux companies to produce profits.”