Red Hat first billion dollar Linux company.

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  1. linuxforall

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    It is very encouraging to know that open source is a legitimate business model. I think I personally would be very worried about jumping into a market with my software open source and trying to sell it purely on support.

    I'd like to say that I'd always open source my software but I don't know if I really would.
     
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    Didn't you say something 99% the same over here ;)
     
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    Also not bad in the current economic climate
     
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    Unsurprisingly the idea of selling software is something I think about a lot lol Redhat reminds me of it every time.
     
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    Indeed not bad at all, also shows the increasing trend of big companies now seriously moving to open source even if its paid.
     
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    IT's not much of a trend. It's been this way for ages. Servers just about only run nix.
     
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    Big companies are using Linux for development, just not for servers.
     
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    but for whatever reason, it's repeated often.

    ^^^ formatting is mine

    The para previous to the quoted one is also worth noting.
    From: https://www.linux.com/news/featured...has-done-is-worth-so-much-more-than-a-billion
     
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    glad to see people are making money at this.

    you got to wonder about the stability of some Linux projects/distros when you visit their website and it says "Made possible by your donations and advertisements".

    i wonder if that is a viable business plan. o_O
     
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    For my "money", I'd stay with something a little more solid.
     
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    that was from the Linux Mint website.
    ain't too many options left after that.lol
     
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    Stability doesn't come from money, in that case, we shouldn't see any BSOD :D
     
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    i really meant viability when i said stability.
     
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    In case of viability, RH's success in this economic climate speaks for itself.
     
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    Additional posts moderated. The posts bringing in "OS stability" is what was off-topic here. This thread is about the financial condition of Red Hat and how a Linux development company has grown very big and profitable. moontan even stated in a follow-up reply that he mistated about "stability" and meant viability of the projects/development groups, not whether the OS are stable or crash a lot. Others replying on that, bringing in their "well Linux is more stable for me" vs "Windows is better for me" are just fighting the old OS wars again.

    Posts about the financial conditions in the marketplace are on topic. Posts about BSOD, crashes and bugs are not.
     
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    The open source/ free product + paying for support is viable but it really relies on your product being worthwhile. Instead of getting people to pay for it before they use it you instead get your product out there for anyone who wants it and then if they're a business or need professional level support they can pay for that package.

    We see this with a lot of security software, such as Comodo. The product is free, the support costs money. RedHat does the same thing.

    It's a good business model but in terms of how viable it is I think it can make things a bit more difficult. Instead of making money every time someone uses your product you really only make money when you land larger clients. If there are better alternatives and your product is niche/ only being used by regular users you won't make money.
     
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    Do remember piracy is rampant among so called end users so in true terms, its more realistic to expect pay from a corporation than to track down every pirate end user one by one.
     
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    anyway,

    here's an article about ideas to make Linux profitable:
    ---http://www.trendcaller.com/2009/01/linux-desktop-could-be-profitable-soon.html

    the article is 3 years old but i think there are some good ideas in there.
     
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    i think most big open source projects i.e. government projects aren't paying just for support, all the software is custom built and comes with support. OSS makes more sense the bigger the project, no? and that's where the money is. these are prefect times for FOSS to gain market share and that's why more governments are moving to it and probably why red hat is doing well.
     
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    Anyone knows if they report country-wide or region-wide revenue figures?
     
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