"Linux has at least one thing in common with the early days of
the internet: it is far easier to understand the disruptive power
of the open-source operating system than it is to make money out of
"Red Hat, the biggest Linux distributor, has worked out one
answer: get customers to pay a subscription for packaging Linux
with the many other 'free' software elements. On the evidence of
recent subscriber numbers the business model may well have staying
power, yet the pickings are slim..."