Bruce Perens: the Linux colonel talks (vnunet)
Posted Sep 14, 2004 21:21 UTC (Tue) by zenaan
In reply to: Bruce Perens: the Linux colonel talks (vnunet)
Parent article: Bruce Perens: the Linux colonel talks (vnunet)
>> 2) the model decouples the service rendered (support) from what is being paid for (a software seat) in a way that simply cries out for a competitor to set it right
> Both points are common practice, and no vendor seems to be suffering from it.
This is a classic example of the beliefs you belie: your perspective is of the Vendor (Red Hat in your personal case), not the customer.
And this is the very point the Bruce and the UserLinux project are addressing. Red Hat is structured to maximize benefit to Red Hat.
Bruce didn't disagree with you where you say "no vendor seems to be suffering from it" - of course Red Hat doesn't suffer (yet) from this model, because it has no serious competition _from a different model_.
Suse, Xandros, or any other.
UserLinux.com is the real competition here. Red Hat is yet to feel its effects. Red Hat may have to alter its business model in line with this new model, just as Proprietary software has in very large ways given way to Open Source and Free Software.
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