June 15, 2005
Is the Importance of Commercial Linux Distributions Waning?
I have long held that only a commercial Linux distribution with a strong total product offering (product, support, training, reseller channel, etc.) could make the transition to the mainstream market. I'm not alone in this, of course--it's what led to Red Hat's success at their IPO. Investors clearly believed that a strong company would generate value in the Linux space. And commercial Linux certainly has generated that value.