View Full Version : Ubuntu's business model?

August 14th, 2005, 07:36 AM

does anyone know what the business model behind Ubuntu Linux is? How does Canonical pay it's employees or plan to keep it up with this great linux distribution? I probably won't switch anymore to any other Linux or (yikes!) Windows, but I would like to know how Mark Shuttleworth (from my understanding the main financial contributor) and Canonical like to finance all this.

How safe is it to say that in 5 years, there will still be an Ubuntu Version every six months, with support for the last three releases, and no "professional" version, etc.?

I would love to see this "project" succeed as a business as well, if just to prove that money can be made with free software (in the RMS sense).


August 14th, 2005, 07:42 AM
Maybe this thread might shed some light?