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Re: GNU licenses

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: GNU licenses
Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2006 13:53:54 +0200
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Alexander Terekhov <> writes:

> "Alfred M. Szmidt" wrote:
> [...]
>> Sure, why not.  RedHat makes a couple millions a year.
> RedHat doesn't sell software, idiot. RedHat's CEO is on record 
> explaining that. See also their SEC fillings, retard.

Well, the last filing is at
<URL:>, and lo-and-behold,
the largest revenue number there is US$ 71,492,000 for subscriptions.
Those are described as

    Subscription revenue

    Subscription revenue, which is primarily comprised of direct and
    indirect sales of Red Hat enterprise technologies, increased by
    45.2% or $22.3 million to $71.5 million for the three months ended
    May 31, 2006 from $49.2 million for the same period ended May 31,
    2005. The increase in subscription revenue is being driven by
    subscriptions to our principal enterprise technology, Enterprise
    Linux, which has gained broad market acceptance in mission
    critical areas of computing and our international expansion. The
    increase is, in part, a result of the continued migration of
    larger enterprises in industries such as financial services to our
    Enterprise Linux platform from a proprietary Unix platform. Such
    demand has been experienced through all our distribution channels
    but has been more evident in our OEM, distributor and reseller
    relationships. We expect subscription revenue to continue an
    upward trend with the increased market acceptance for Linux and
    with our continued international expansion.

In contrast, the training and service revenue is US$ 12,510,000.

So what are you talking about?  Software subscriptions make the bulk
of their income.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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