Open source needs successful champions

“In an interview with ZDNet Asia Wednesday, Jim Whitehurst said
revenue models of open source proponents such as Red Hat itself and
Google, have brought success to the respective companies and
allowed them to contribute back to the open source community.
Google relies on ad-based revenue, while Red Hat’s revenue runs on
a subscription model.

“Whitehurst acknowledged that the bulk of Google’s revenues are
not generated through open source software, but noted that success
from companies active in open source in is still beneficial to the

“”The open source [community] certainly needs successful
companies in order to ensure venture capital [for] startups, and to
give people looking to join open source companies the sense that
they can be successful,” he said.”

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