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Old 03-07-2005, 10:23 PM   #1
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How do companies like RED HAT stay in business?


How do companies like RED HAT stay in business if LINUX is open source, Just go on the net and get a distribution for free. Why do people buy the boxed products?
 
Old 03-07-2005, 10:28 PM   #2
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For the support, among other reasons. If you're an IT manager with 6,000 corporate desktops to convert to Linux, you generally don't try the hack it yourself approach. What Red Hat, Novell, etc. really sell as much as anything else are their consulting services and their support. Buying support from someone else often winds up being a lot cheaper than hiring a bunch of hackers to do it in house. Also certification of people and software stacks plays into it too.
 
Old 03-07-2005, 10:30 PM   #3
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first of all... not everyone has broadband, or access to broadband intenet, so cheap boxed sets. Second... redhat, for instance offers an 'enterprize' version of redhat linux that costs $$$ for the licence and comes with i would immagine some proprietary software, and tech support.
 
Old 03-07-2005, 10:50 PM   #4
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Well there is also the automatic update service (like Suse's YOU) that is well worth paying for a commercial distribution, not to mention commercial applications that are often bundled, as Frieza mentioned.

I like having a single DVD and not having to spend hours (even on Broadband) downloading all the packages I need to update a system. Just pop in the DVD and update. Bang. Dead. Done. That's why I will be buying Suse 9.3 Pro a few weeks after it's released (going to wait for the inevitable bugs to be addressed and posted to YOU before I buy)
 
  


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