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B Eye: Enterprising Linux

Jun 14, 2006, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Open source software companies are in a strange business: they don't usually own exclusive rights to publish the open source software they sell, and many have little or nothing to do with the development of much of the software they sell. Also, by definition, anyone can download their product--open source software--for free. So how does a company like Red Hat win new customers when anyone, including their potential customers and competitors, can get the source code to Red Hat's flagship product, Red Hat Enterprise Linux? And why is that an advantage, not a problem...?"

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