"Open source has become standard in Silicon Valley, with nearly
every software startup planning to release at least some code. So
far, they've found five main business models:
"1. Sell support services. This is the traditional Linux model,
prototyped by Red Hat. It's still a part of most open-source
business plans, but on its own it's rarely enough for startups
trying to grow. The problem (for the startups) is that anyone can
redistribute the code and sell support or consultancy services, so
there's nothing to stop an Oracle, an IBM, or a Novell from
grabbing most of the services revenue..."
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