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[News] Opinions on Free Software as Billion-dollar Business Opportunity

  • Subject: [News] Opinions on Free Software as Billion-dollar Business Opportunity
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 23:28:28 +0100
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Why there are no billion-dollar open source companies

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| This is a suggestion that has come up before 
| (Dave Nearyâs post from 2008 springs to mind). 
| As he stated: âFree software doesnât get 
| developed like proprietary software, why 
| should the free software industry look like 
| the proprietary software industry?â


Old-fashioned money

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| Google can afford to give away Android and a 
| huge (and growing) array of open-source 
| software, without having to gate access to it 
| through a compiler or contract, because Google 
| doesnât monetize open-source software 
| directly. This, to me, is a far superior 
| model, and one much more likely to lead to 
| good community dynamics. Google is never in 
| competition with its community, but rather can 
| afford to be a full partner.
| Make no mistake: Red Hat is an impressive 
| company, run by people of quality, 
| intelligence, and integrity. Just listening to 
| how Red Hat uses Salesforce to optimize the 
| sales process is impressive.
| But Red Hat is the beginning, not the end, of 
| the story on how to make $1 billion in open-
| source sales. Google offers far better clues 
| as to where open-source entrepreneurs should 
| look for inspiration, because Google reflects 
| the reality of what âservicesâ means in the 
| Internet age. âServices,â in Googleâs world, 
| are far more scalable and potent than in Red 
| Hatâs.



Red Hat foresees $1 billion in 2012

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| Already one of the Triangle's most
| successful technology companies, Red Hat
| soon could reach a big milestone. CEO Jim
| Whitehurst said during a meeting in London
| on Thursday that he expects $1 billion of
| revenue in 2012.

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