Red Hat Opts for Pragmatism Over Glitz (NY Times)
Posted Apr 8, 2009 5:39 UTC (Wed) by qg6te2
Parent article: Red Hat Opts for Pragmatism Over Glitz (NY Times)
It is not a major strategy focus for us, Mr. Whitehurst said. I have refocused us on the corporate market and away from the consumer market.
There is no doubt that the corporate market is currently the money-maker for Red Hat. I'm also glad that Red Hat funnels some of the profits into supporting Fedora and Linux in general. However, apart from branding issues that Whitehurst mentions, it's still very puzzling as to why Red Hat doesn't want to do profit-oriented activities in the consumer space. Why are RH employees contributing so much to Linux desktop efforts? Are the profits really zero in the consumer space, or is Red Hat waiting to pounce until Ubuntu carves out a decent slice within this space?
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