As Customers Buy in to Software Freedom, Red Hat Prospers April 2, 2012,
Volume 170, Issue 1
Red Hat had a billion dollar plus year in FY2012, and that revenue came not just from selling software, argues Simon Phipps in his InfoWorld piece but from selling Software Freedom as well. Red Hat customers are liberated from the bonds imposed on them by vendors of proprietary software, given the freedom to experiment with open source code and to use the product for any purpose, not just those prescribed by the licensor. All of this makes for an enriched business atmosphere with community members making improvements in the code even as they use it in production situations. Furthermore, this improved code can be passed on to others, without restriction. This is what software freedom is all about, Phipps argues, and software freedom is what has put money in the bank for Red Hat.