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Re: <nettime> GNU bitterness [3x]; Linux strikes [1x]
Benjamin Geer on Fri, 24 Oct 2003 02:40:14 +0200 (CEST)


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Re: <nettime> GNU bitterness [3x]; Linux strikes [1x]


august wrote:
> I can't really think of a good
> example where a commercial venture has successfully exploited the work of
> a free software project.

IBM claims to be generating immense revenue ($1 billion in 2002[1]) from 
selling Linux-based software, hardware and services.  (The 'IBM HTTP 
Server' which is sold with their WebSphere product is... guess what... 
Apache.)  IBM is actually a good example of a company that spends huge 
amounts of money contributing to free software projects, and apparently 
gets a sizeable return on its investment.

Ben

[1] http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,4149,1240127,00.asp

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