For the first time, Microsoft has publicly gotten a company using Linux servers to say that they've signed a Linux patent licensing deal, but it's far from the first time that Microsoft has convinced Linux-using businesses into paying for Linux.
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The real end-game for open source then is the rest of the stack, right up to and including the business applications. The new questions are: Will the JBoss model be repeatable and allow Red Hat to successfully move up the stack? Can they do it without IBM and Oracle? Will SOA emerge as a strong open source alternative? Will the hardware providers begin to give away the software, ala Sun, to pressure the non-hardware software players on price and make the profit from the hardware alone? Will the SaaS providers squeeze the business applications profits even as the profits in the Linux bottom of the stack wither?
Q&A: Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth is ready for Ubuntu to make the leap from the desktop to the server room.
newsmaker Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth is ready for Ubuntu to make the leap from the desktop to the server room.
The French Linux vendor has announced its highest profits ever following a series of government contract wins
The consumer device software seller announces development tools for programmers who want to build products that use embedded Linux.
The Unix company whose litigious streak has rocked the Linux world reports a profit and says it has enough money to continue waging its intellectual property fight.
Lindows.com, maker of the Linux-based LindowsOS operating system for PCs, said Wednesday that it will share some of its profits from sales of software and services to consumers and businesses with PC builders.
Forget TV's "Survivor." Now it's Linux companies playing to survive consolidation and shrinking profits as the market matures.
If you're thinking Linux, remember this: Profits will come from service and support. Full stop.
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