[kwlug-disc] How Canonical makes money ...

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Sat May 15 00:53:56 EDT 2010


Khalid Baheyeldin wrote, On 05/14/2010 10:50 PM:
> On Fri, May 14, 2010 at 8:12 PM, William Park
> wrote:
> 
>> This begs the question... how does Ubuntu make money
>> (eventually)?
>> 
> 
> They are a private company, so numbers are not readily available,
> but ...
> 
> They have several initiatives for making money.
> 
> - "Cloud" offering where people can store their stuff and pay for
> it.
> 
> - Enterprise Cloud offering.
> 
> - Support for enterprise clients (both desktop and servers)

As in, the buntu equivalent to Red Hat for RHEL?

Anyone have any sense as to how successful or pervasive they've been?

i.e. Over time, will Ubuntu Server overtake RHEL?

Or, rather, will new server implementations be less CentOS/RHEL than 
currently, tilting towards Ubuntu Server?

- thinking back to John's comments (paraphrasing / taking snippets out 
of context / etc., etc.) ... CentOS (& equivalents) are out there, 
people are used to and comfortable with it. ... but, IIRC, he notes 
some advantages to the Debian / Buntu 'style' repositories / 
maintenance processes.

- ultimately, eventually, kubuntu takes over the world?

> - Partnerships (e.g. inclusion of proprietary packages in special 
> repositories)
> 
> - Certification for hardware
> 
> - Training.
> 
> Now, how successful is any of the above? One can only guess.



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