[linux] Re: RedHat and The Future of Linux...
rossini at blindglobe.net
Tue Sep 23 19:55:08 PDT 2003
Travis Saling <trav at u.washington.edu> writes:
>> I think this Tom Callaway fellow from RedHat is a little rude, or at
>> least, he seems to think that Linux users are all blood-sucking
>> vampires. I can certainly understand the rationale of needing to
>> make money, but I get the impression that the Fedora thing is just a
>> way of keeping the Linux diehards quiet.
> I've got to disagree...
<edited a bit>
> Mr. Callaway was being more blunt than most people like, but frankly
> he seemed to be telling it like it is.
> Some people want Linux to remain strictly a hobbyist's operating
> system, and that is certainly a valid point of view. But I believe if
> we want Linux to really make inroads against the current hegemony, we
> need businesses like Red Hat to become viable over the long term.
I have to agree with Travis -- if you really value GPL/open source as
a commercial enterprise, there will need to be some reasonably
traditional (non-consulting) businesses based on it.
However, you are always free to make a choice in what you want --
there are plenty of solid, non-commericial distributions (at least
one, which I've been using for over 7 years now), if you want to go
that route. But $$ needs to be made by those folks who want to do it
for a living, either via consulting or by a more traditional business
plan (selling a product).
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