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Open source needs successful champions

The open-source industry needs profitable champions to demonstrate success and attract funding and participation in open source, according to Red Hat's CEO.
Written by Victoria Ho, Contributor on
The open-source industry needs profitable champions to demonstrate success and attract funding and participation in open source, according to the chief executive of Red Hat.

In an interview with ZDNet Asia on Wednesday, Jim Whitehurst said revenue models of open-source proponents, such as Red Hat itself and Google, have brought success to the respective companies and allowed them to contribute back to the open-source community. Google relies on ad-based revenue, while Red Hat's runs on a subscription model.

Whitehurst acknowledged that the bulk of Google's revenues are not generated through open-source software, but noted that success from companies active in open source in is still beneficial to the industry.

For more, read Open source needs successful champions on ZDNet Asia.

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