"Representatives from organizations such as Red Hat, the Chicago
Mercantile Exchange, and Fidelity Information Services offered
perspectives on Linux and open source on the desktop during a
session at the InfoWorld Open Source Business Conference (OSBC) in
San Francisco. The session was entitled "End Users and Linux: Do We
Have a Participation Problem?".
"Red Hat's CEO Jim Whitehurst pointed out several issues with
running Linux on the desktop, including financial concerns the
company has as a Linux vendor.
""First of all, I don't know how to make money on it,"
Whitehurst said. "Very few people are running a desktop that's
mission-critical," so they do not want to pay the company for a
desktop OS, he said."