News & Observer: Red Hat Bitten by Linux's Low Cost
Apr 10, 2002, 20:30 (43 Talkback[s])
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"RALEIGH - Here's the riddle: If Linux is gaining more market
share among big-spending corporate customers, why have sales at Red
Hat -- the undisputed Linux leader -- been creeping steadily
"Red Hat's search for a business model that works in the world
of freely available, open-source software has been difficult.
Judging by the company's sliding sales and slumping stock price,
it's unclear whether Red Hat has found it yet.
"Late last month Red Hat launched a new version of its software,
Red Hat Linux Advanced Server, geared specifically to large
corporate customers. It's the linchpin of the Raleigh company's new
strategy, which will focus on selling a package of Linux software
and support services to the deepest pockets in the business