juridical Question on software and GPL
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Sun Mar 28 16:33:41 UTC 2004
Niall Douglas wrote:
> free. RedHat's business model can never be particularly profitable -
> it's based almost entirely on companies buying peace of mind rather
> than anything tangible (consulting services and support can be found
> elsewhere and cheaper). And if IBM committed all the way to Linux, it
But is peace of mind not the only thing companies are also purchasing
from Microsoft. Certainly nobody can say what Microsoft is offering is
any more tangible?
I believe you don't mean for your argument to go that way, but it is
interesting how somehow it has come full circle in my view to see little
difference between the offering of Red Hat and the offering of Microsoft
-- save for that should Red Hat go bankrupt, the business has not lost
everything, as they have an eay migration to another GNU/Linux distribution.
As for business not seeing how this free software can make money, for
many business that is of little interest. If it makes the software
cheaper for them, then so be it, it is not in the purchases immediate
cares whether his supplier goes bankrupt or not -- particularily when a
supplier is easily replaceable.
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