Re: So what's the inside buzz on this? "The Others" vs. Red Hat?

  • From: John Madden <weez@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: technocracy@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 31 May 2002 17:13:32 -0500

> Linux software vendors Caldera, Turbolinx, SuSE and Conective -- but not
> Linux industry leader Red Hat -- have formed an alliance called
> UnitedLinux for joint distribution and R&D, and will sell jointly
> developed products under their own names. Although Linux is given out
> free as part of the "open source" programming movement, individual
> companies charge for technical support and other services. Why wasn't
> Red Hat included in the alliance? It was invited to join, but a Red Hat
> executive said: "We are not sure what to make of it, because they called
> us yesterday and have been working on it for months. We cannot join
> anything we don't understand." (AP/San Jose Mercury-News 30 May 2002)

It'll never fly - they're going to charge per-seat for the distribution.  
Why would anyone pay per-seat for a GPL'd product?


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