Shuttleworth: No money in Linux desktop
Ubuntu Linux founder Mark Shuttleworth says that there is no money to be made from the Linux desktop. Unless of course you have decent services to wrap around it.
According to long-time open source commentator, Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols, Shuttleworth said yesterday in a press call that Canonical has always seen the desktop as a “zero revenue” product. “I don’t think anyone can make money from the Linux desktop,” he said.
Shuttleworth, who founded Ubuntu with a portion of his personal fortune, said that he’s “never seen selling shrink-wrapped packages of free software as a workable idea. The only way to build business around software is with [added costs] services.”
Interestingly, there are a number of commentators that work with other popular Linux distributions such as Mandriva and Suse that beg to differ with Shuttleworth. Some even go so far as to say that not only is there money to be made from the Linux desktop but that Shuttleworth’s big bank balance approach has in fact undermined their ability to make a buck selling Linux.
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