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Old 12-24-2008, 05:11 AM   #1
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LXer: Free users WILL pay for Linux (ask Red Hat)

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Red Hat is reporting an increase in revenues and income for it third quarter of its fiscal 2009 year. The most interesting part of the Red Hat numbers (for me at least) was the disclosure by CEO Jim Whitehurst that one of the top 25 deals closed by Red Hat during the quarter was one where the user moved from a Free version of Linux to a paid Red Hat Enterprise Linux subscription. Whitehurst pegged the deal at "6 figures" for a single year - so that means $100,000 plus.

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Many people/businesses will pay good money for good/great support. The thing to know is that they are not paying royalties to M$ for the OS. If I didn't have the time or the interest in learning how my system worked, I would pay for Linux support just to escape from M$.


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