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David Lyon wrote:
> Those were some interesting facts about open-source.
> Especially about Linux and IBM.
> If IBM has plowed so much money (did I read right, about $1B?) into Linux,
> that therefore probably makes Linux an 'IBM product'. I'm not saying this in
> a derogatory sense, rather a complimentory one.
> Just that in the business world, saying to business people, "IBM put a $1B
> into Linux" gives people a lot more security than describing Linux as being
> the hacks of a university student.
> Companies like Redhat, who are definitely a very well known company with a
> good product, haven't exactly taken over the world so to speak. But obviously
> they have performed quite well financially in recent times, well enough to
> give the founders enough money to buy an uncramped bungalow and
> transportational vehicles with smooth and shiny paint.
> As for the ones that haven't worked, maybe they didn't have strong enough
> branding or a compelling enough customer proposition. In any case, the
> statistical certainty is that more companies will fail than will survive. In
> all cases, not exactly something to worry too much about.