Am 18.02.21 um 07:42 schrieb John Paul Adrian Glaubitz:
On 2/18/21 6:49 AM, Thorsten Kukuk wrote:
No, because you don't pay for SLE as
product, but for support and
Actually, you do as large amounts of open source code is developed by paid
developers, for example for the Linux kernel .
That's where most of the money ends up, but Thorsten is probably right
that most SUSE customers have more the support and maintenance in mind
when they pay you.
The basement dwelling Unix neckbeard that is primarily
driving the open
development at no charge has been a myth for a very long time already.
Let's be fair, it's a bit of both (if we include volunteer contributors
at other building levels and without facial hair). Of course some
projects have mostly corporate contributions, but there are also many
(often smaller) projects that have mostly volunteer contributors.
Most development in products like Firefox, the kernel,
GCC, binutils, Go etc
is done by paid developers.
There is no free lunch.
Technically the lunch is free: all of these programs are available free
of charge, there are no hidden costs and there is no other way you end
up paying for it. It's not even like social media where you pay with
Software and other kinds of "IP" have near zero marginal cost. So
somebody has to pay for it, but once its paid for, everybody can get it
for free if the license allows it. There is virtually no cost to
providing the software to more people, so the "no free lunch" theorem
doesn't apply in my view.
Which is not a bad thing: people in third world countries can also
download and install openSUSE for free and none of us need to bothered
by it (ignoring the support cost and just considering the software).