> I do not believe that developing a commercial operating system based on an > open source foundation will pay off on a long run.
Is there a specific reason you think it will not? Just curious. 1. Selling a license provides a one time payment. Even if you are able to sell 100_000 licenses for 40 you would earn 4_000_000, but the same companies will not buy a license the year after that. Which means no constant income for the long run. Most companies will stick with one version of the product till they really have a reason to upgrade. Because, the costs for upgrading are actually higher than the costs of the license and upgrades involve the risk of causing disruption (problems during the upgrade, which blocks employees from getting their work done. Which again means I loose money). With other words Qubes OS will be stuck with one version for years. 2. The simple question is how can you sell a product which contains mostly GPL licensed code (Xen, Linux Kernel) which everybody can download and compile for free? RHEL sells support subscriptions. They offer support (10 years backporting, customer support etc.) and most important they offer a platform for other business software. The work RedHat constantly invests in their RHEL can not be easily replicated and that is the reason why CentOS is not a competitor. 3. Security is a process and not a product. As an enterprise customer I want to have constant updates and upgrades, security bulletins and other security information. I want to know if DirtyCOW, hardbleed or other security flaws affect my business if I use Qubes OS or not? Furthermore, I believe that the Qubes OS team and ITL does not understand what Qubes OS could offer on an enterprise level. -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "qubes-users" group. To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to qubes-users+unsubscr...@googlegroups.com. To post to this group, send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. To view this discussion on the web visit https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/qubes-users/18271dd5-6027-4ce9-a350-64c5017271b4%40googlegroups.com. For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.