This is yet another upcoming story for open source software. According to IDC:
Sales of open source software will grow from $1.8bn last year to $5.8bn in 2011. Matt Lawton, programme director for IDC’s Open Source Software Business Models research programme, typified the current market as “immature” and in the “early stages”.
The projected revenue figure is low when compared to commercial, closed source software. But the analyst believes that revenues alone do not reflect the actual distribution of open source software.
Yet another good story for Linux, more and more business are pushing Linux desktop systems. There is a good demand for Linux desktop system. If you consider MS Vista price, DRM shit, strict licensing, and current software / driver compatibility issues, this is a wise move for any business.
According to this article:
Hewlett-Packard is closing custom deals for thousands of desktop PCs running Linux, which has the company assessing the possibility of offering factory-loaded Linux systems, an HP executive said.
We are involved in a number of massive deals for Linux desktops, and those are the kinds of things that are indicators of critical mass. So we are really looking at it very hard.
Now you donâ€™t have to pay Microsoft tax 😀
Dell customer demanding free Linux version pre-installation on all Dell PCs to cut down cost.
Now Dell announced that – Itâ€™s exciting to see the IdeaStorm communityâ€™s interest in open source solutions like Linux and OpenOffice. Your feedback has been all about flexibility and we have seen a consistent request to provide platforms that allow people to install their operating system of choice. We are listening, and as a result, we are working with Novell to certify our corporate client products for Linux, including our OptiPlex desktops, Latitude notebooks and Dell Precision workstations. This is another step towards ensuring that our customers have a good experience with Linux on our systems.
As this community knows, there is no single customer preference for a distribution of Linux. In the last week, the IdeaStorm community suggested more than half a dozen distributions. We don’t want to pick one distribution and alienate users with a preference for another. We want users to have the opportunity to help define the market for Linux on desktop and notebook systems. In addition to working with Novell, we are also working with other distributors and evaluating the possibility of additional certifications across our product line.
This is great news. I only purchase Dell laptops and rest of my system is build using components (whitebox). My next desktop machine will be dell for sure. However using Linux on corporate desktop is still a big dream because of MS Exchange, custom made support & sales software etc. I hope this will also change in coming days.
If you think you canâ€™t make money by supporting free community-based Linux distributions.. think again.
The maker of sever and printer called Hewlett Packard (HP) is making $25 million by supporting the free Debian GNU/Linux distribution through out in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
So it is turn out to be a challenge to commercial distributions from Novell and Red Hat.
It now plans to have all Proliant and Blade System Servers supported by Debian fairly soon 😀
HP support is set for the Debian Sarge release, which debuted in June 2005. Wade marketing manager of open source and Linux at HP, noted that HP is working toward certifying its hardware against the upcoming Debian Etch release, which is set for a 2007 rollout.
Research finds that running 10-50 apps on a mainframe costs less than on one Linux or Solaris server.
I was lucky enough to work on IBM AS/400 system for some time. We used to run AIX, RedHat Debian Linux natively on an iSeries Logical Partition (LPAR).
According to this article:
Fresh light on mainframe total cost of ownership reveals Big Blue’s big iron is cheaper than a roomful of servers.
Research house Illuminata’s report, ‘IBM System z TCO: Man Bites Dog’ shows that running 10-50 applications on a mainframe costs less than running the same workload on a one server/one application basis where the servers run Linux or Solaris.
Reasons for low cost / TCO
=> Mainframe has better cooling technology – A mainframe typically requires less electricity and air conditioning than many 1U servers running the same workload.
=> Cost of people – When running multiple applications the mainframe’s people costs are much less than those needed to run the same workload on distributed systems.
=> Mainframe memory prices have fallen significantly in recent years.
This is an interesting study 🙂
Big Blue cheaper than Red Hat
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This is a yet another prime example that clearly demonstrates Linux is growing and you can make money too.
From the article:
SiCortex, a startup that makes Linux computer clusters, announced that it has closed a $21 million round of funding, led by Chevron Technology Ventures through its venture capital arm, CTTV Investments LLC. The funding will go toward expansion of sales and marketing efforts and continued product development.
Read more at sys-con… (via Lxer)
This is a John’s guide to earning an income from a Free and Open Source software project.
From the article:
This is a collection of methods and strategies to make income from an Open Source project while keeping it thriving and freely available. The methods take into account project brand strength, and the real opportunities available while owning your project’s web space, building up its community, and exploring non-restrictive means of monetizing your efforts.
The idea is very simple – It is right and good to make a living while developing an open source project. If you disagree with this statement then you may as well stop reading here 😉
Table of contents:
Cutting your Life Line
All This Bad News
Owning Your Project Space
Time For a New Brain
The circle of growth
Low Content Pages
Making Your Own Ad Deals
Asking For Donations
Selling Related Products
Passive Vs. Active Income
Read more at damnsmalllinux…
This is list of Open source companies or start-ups you may wish to watch out. This gives you bit idea how people or start-ups making money using Open source software or Linux.
FTA, “Open source software is a given in most enterprise data centers, so it’s not surprising to see the ranks of open source companies and projects swell. It’s not just Linux anymore – community-developed software is offering alternatives for everything from databases to application servers to network management to disaster preparedness. How do you know which open source approach is right for you? We’ve pulled out a few start-ups that you might not be familiar with, but we think should be on your radar.”
Read more networkworld.com…
An independently-conducted study on reseller and system integrator adoption trends and attitudes around Linux suggest that Linux installations leads into good profits.
FTA, “The results of a poll entitled Linux in the Channel suggests resellers with an established practice around Linux-based solutions are experiencing sustainable and profitable revenues
The poll of more than 400 U.S. solution providers was conducted by the Institute of Partner Education and commissioned by AMD, HP, Levanta, and Novell.”
=> Download this study paper (PDF version 370KB)
=> Read more at echannelline.com (via)…