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[News] Companies Make Money from Linux Appliances and Support

  • Subject: [News] Companies Make Money from Linux Appliances and Support
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2007 01:22:50 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
The Other Open-Source IP PBX

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| The company makes its money by providing support for those who use the 
| software as the basis for business phone systems, as well as by selling the 
| appliances, which are based on Intel-based Linux servers.  


And Free software skills pay off, as usual...

Global Marketing Agency Outsource to European Open Source experts

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| The contract covers all aspects of technical support for the LAMP stack 
| (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) including software maintenance. 



Top Five Open Source Business Models You Never Heard Of

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| The art of “selling” or generating revenue from open source is a topic of 
| growing importance as open source takes a larger piece of the software 
| business. In the past, open source revenue has largely been associated with 
| services marketed by many top tier Linux companies: Support, middleware 
| solutions, etc.    


How to make money by giving stuff away

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| RedHat CFO Charlie Peters said this week that the key to success
| is to "convince customers of the value of moving from free to paid".
| Largely because JBoss is a free download, an estimated 11 million
| people are using it. Now if they can move even a small fraction of
| those customers into the paying column, that will be a significant
| source of revenue.
| [...]
| There is something of a snowball effect here. As you bring more
| people into your "community", the community becomes more attractive
| (because of new content, shared knowledge, buzz, etc.), which drives
| even more people in.


How to use open source as a power marketing tool

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| There are a number of ways traditional software vendors can participate
| in the open source software community. They circulate around open
| source licenses, such as the GNU General Public License (GPL), and
| how to leverage open source software as a marketing tool.
| [...]
| Traditional software vendors need to recognize the shift taking place
| is driven not only by successful open source projects, but also by the 
| rapid and broad adoption of open source in the customer marketplace. The 
| numbers behind open source adoption are compelling. Linux in both the 
| United States and Asia is the fastest growing operating system ever. As 
| measured by hostnames, Netcraft reports that the Internet has grown 26.1 
| percent over the past 12 months, over 67 percent of it served up by open 
| source Apache servers.


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