[clug] Ubuntu Backports
bn at niasdigital.com
Sat Aug 8 19:24:41 MDT 2009
On Sat, 2009-08-08 at 22:42 +1000, Ian McLeod wrote:
> Is anyone aware of any reports on revenue and profitability growth in
> the open source services industry?
There are some interesting specific cases, eg RedHat:
If you sign up to lwn.net (just a few $$, totally worth it) you'll see a
fair few of this type of story fly by.
> Does Canonical (Ubuntu) make any
> money? I could see us paying for commercial support if we had business
> critical systems running on Ubuntu.
Last I heard they didn't, or at least certainly not to the extent of
RedHat/ Novell. I think that most companies when they think of mission
critical linux still think of RHEL or SLE[DS]. I don't know how well
justified that is these days, I've never heard anything one way or
'tother regarding Canonical's quality of support. I do know a few
companies running on SLE* with very good results and RedHat accounts for
80% of the whole open source market  so I guess they're doing
something right too. Between them I can see it being hard for Canonical
to make an impact no matter how good they are.
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