Re: how to convince that debian is one the three major choices for a stable server environment?
> They want a big name vendor with big dollars in the bank backing that
> support contract.
"Vendor" is the key word here. They want "vendor" support because,
still being stuck in the closed-source mindset, they think that only the
"vendor" has source and can supply full support.
> Consultants aren't going to cut it on this playing field as they go
> out of business too frequently leaving customers hanging.
A Debian consultant who goes out of business can be replaced by
another. A closed-source vendor who goes out of business (or simply
decides to stop supporting your critical program) leaves you hanging.
There are also Linux consulting firms that are not just one man.