Ubuntu has managed alliances with two companies which make money doing what they do. Amazon makes money in cloud computing, Dell is still profitable.
Linux and Open Source
The latest news and views on all things Linux and open source by seasoned Unix and Linux user Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, aka sjvn, has been writing about technology and the business of technology since CP/M-80 was the cutting edge PC operating system. SJVN covers networking, Linux, open source, and operating systems.
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Non-Bell owners of the wires would gladly wholesale their capacity, not just retail it, because they would be looking to make money, not maintain control of the customer. They would use open source to innovate and cut costs, without having to run everything past a committee.
Even joining the Linux Foundation itself is no substitute for enabling honest collaboration with other companies on shared goals. Too many still worry this is exchanging precious bodily fluids -- next you'll want to fluoridate the water.
Would you be more likely to buy a Linux Netbook if it ran the same software as your phone? Would that be insulting to the Netbook, or damning the phone with faint praise?
Microsoft loves white papers done by others, making claims which benefit it. It's a key marketing strategy. The fact that Red Hat is engaging here is a positive sign. The fact that Red Hat is competing actively for government business is another positive sign.
The behaviors we expect from vendors after we adopt their products are different from those we expect in the proprietary world. So are those we expect before we adopt. The carnival barker has a tough time when we can see through the tent to the reality inside.
All of the stories I have written here about tweaks to licenses, whether by Microsoft, SugarCRM or others, involved companies violating what users saw as common assumptions. When users feel these open source assumptions are violated, they withhold their support for the code's manager.
With everyone working more or less together on this I expect a true iPhone competitor in about a year. You will know we're getting warmer when Apple offers its pride and joy for the cost of a data contract.
CTO Bhaskar Himatsingka told ZDNet "we don't have any plans to leverage it" as a profit center.
Enterprises that act more like individuals and truly collaborate gain the greatest benefits from open source.