[CentOS] Corporate support for CentOS

Mon Mar 28 23:47:21 UTC 2011
David Brian Chait <dchait at invenda.com>

>Anyone know someone who can front at least 2 years working capital to get
>started and productive?

>From a pure business standpoint, it would be near impossible to pull off. No one is going to pony up $2,000,000 to start CentOS up as a for-profit company. Aside from the small point that you would be competing with RedHat using its own product, think about it in simple financial terms...let's say we charged each licensee $200/year /machine (and yes at that price we would be competing with RH directly). We would have to sell 5,000 licenses a year just to break even. Bring the price point down to take into account the fact that most users of CentOS can't afford $200/month (or they would probably be using RHEL now..), and your number of conversions goes up exponentially to make up for the low sticker price. Aside from that inconvenient truth, also consider that CentOS does not produce unique products that are protected in any way/shape/form, there is no way to protect the investment or the business from disappearing overnight.