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Re: Debian for business?



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ken keanon <kenkeanon@yahoo.com> writes:

> 1. Is it free because it is not popular? 

No, it's free because we want it to be free.  Quality software should
be free, and Debian demonstrates that point.  You can get a worse OS,
but it just costs more.

> If its user base keep growings, will there not be a temptation to
> commercialise it? That's how many 'free' software end up.

No, license prohibits going closed.

> 2. Can I use it on a business basis?

Yes.

>  E.g. get a hardware platform, load in Debian plus some necessary
> packages and sell the integrated system, subsequently, provide
> regular support and service. Is Debian reliable enough for this
> purpose? 

Yes.

> Has it been done by others?

The company I work for will put Debian on a thumb drive for use in an
internet kiosk, configured to your specs.  I'm sure we're not alone in that.
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