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satyamM
September 9th, 2012, 06:58 PM
I am suddenly stroke by this query in my mind that How do Ubuntu staff/developers/team earn money when everything they offer is FREE? Their OS is free, softwares they provide/recommend are free...even all updates/upgrades are free ,so how the heck they earn money?

Somebody please enlighten me on this. :confused:

coffeecat
September 9th, 2012, 08:08 PM
Not a Testimonial.

Thread moved to The Community Cafe.

EDIT: Oops - appears to be simultaneous staff action. It's landed in Recurring.

deadflowr
September 9th, 2012, 08:16 PM
Canonical makes money by offering professional-grade services/support through the Ubuntu Advantage program.

http://www.canonical.com/enterprise-services/ubuntu-advantage/overview

They also make money from sold applications in the software center.

ojdon
September 9th, 2012, 08:17 PM
EDIT: Ninja'd.

Paqman
September 9th, 2012, 09:53 PM
As above, but also much of the work that goes into Ubuntu is done by folks outside Canonical. For instance, work on the Linux kernel is done by devs working for big companies like Intel, Red Hat, Amazon and Google that have a vested interest in Linux.

Old_Grey_Wolf
September 9th, 2012, 10:27 PM
I am suddenly stroke by this query in my mind that How do Ubuntu staff... earn money when everything they offer is FREE?

The Ubuntu forum staff do not make money. We are volinteers that try to help people and moderate the forum when we have the time to do so. The Ubuntu forum is not Canonical's free support department. Canonical provides the servers that the Ubuntu forum uses; however, it is the Ubuntu forum councel, who are not employed by Canonical, that determine how the Ubuntu forum operates. The Ubuntu forum is not actually part of the Canonical company.

satyamM
September 10th, 2012, 04:54 AM
The Ubuntu forum staff do not make money. We are volinteers that try to help people and moderate the forum when we have the time to do so. The Ubuntu forum is not Canonical's free support department. Canonical provides the servers that the Ubuntu forum uses; however, it is the Ubuntu forum councel, who are not employed by Canonical, that determine how the Ubuntu forum operates. The Ubuntu forum is not actually part of the Canonical company.


Yes, I understand that "Ubuntu Forums" is not a part of Canonical. UF is basically a big team of volunteers providing solutions to the problems of Ubuntu to users. Fine.!

I am asking about the real "Ubuntu developers/team" who make Ubuntu OS and release its different versions(12.10 ,latest) from time to time, how they make money and survive because everything they are offering is FREE.

Is Ubuntu developed by Canonical company? Is Canonical a company?

jpeddicord
September 10th, 2012, 05:09 AM
Is Ubuntu developed by Canonical company? Is Canonical a company?

Yes (http://www.canonical.com/about-canonical/overview) & yes. (http://www.canonical.com/about-canonical)

jonnyboysmithy
September 10th, 2012, 05:18 AM
Ubuntu is developed by canonical. Canonical is a company. They make money selling product support.
Linux kernel and all the rest is free and voluntary. I think many other companies contribute to linux in general is because its a pooled effort, everyone benefits.

I can imagine that if a company needs a piece of software to function and a bug is holding them back or affecting the usability they'll get it fixed and share the fix.. Once again everyone benefits. I think this is what is behind it.

Agree? disagree? what do you think?

deadflowr
September 10th, 2012, 05:22 AM
Is Ubuntu developed by Canonical company? Is Canonical a company?

Yes.

When Mark Shuttleworth started the Ubuntu project, he first founded Canonical as a for-profit enterprise, whose core purpose was,and is, to fund and sponsor the non-profit Ubuntu OS.

As stated before, Canonical makes money by selling support. Now, you and I don't really need said support, but large scale enterprises,with large-scale deployments do. This is where Canonical makes its money.

thatguruguy
September 10th, 2012, 11:59 PM
Yes.

When Mark Shuttleworth started the Ubuntu project, he first founded Canonical as a for-profit enterprise, whose core purpose was,and is, to fund and sponsor the non-profit Ubuntu OS.

As stated before, Canonical makes money by selling support. Now, you and I don't really need said support, but large scale enterprises,with large-scale deployments do. This is where Canonical makes its money.

For instance, Google pays for support from Canonical (http://www.techdrivein.com/2012/08/google-not-only-uses-ubuntu-variant-it.html).

In addition, Canonical is attempting to gain inroads into various non-computer markets, such as cell phones (http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/android) and TVs (http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/tv). The "Ubuntu for Android" and "Ubuntu TV" marketing is aimed at manufacturers, not consumers. Presumably, Canonical would make money from the device manufacturers who deploy Ubuntu to their devices.