Posted May 18, 2011 9:44 UTC (Wed) by anselm
In reply to: Sponsorship
Parent article: Mark Shuttleworth on companies and free software
Google and Facebook spend money on FOSS to support their operations, but they don't directly make money from FOSS.
They may not actually make money, but it certainly saves them money. Linux lets Google use commodity PCs for their server farms, and imagine the aggregated cost of those Windows licenses/maintenance/
Besides, I'm sure that, from a strategy POV, Google would hate being dependent on their biggest competitor for their operating system. If Linux didn't exist, it might even be worth Google's while to write their own operating system just to be »free«.
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