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As a high-energy physicist, I use tens to hundreds of alphas and pc's running linux, and Red Hat is definitely the standard. (One proposed experiment wants
to use 2500 PC's running linux in a pipelined architecture to do pattern recognition on particle collisions!) I use it on my laptop. Great product.

I would like to believe that Red Hat could be profitable (nothing like investing in something you believe is the BEST product out there) but I don't really see how this will come about. I bought a CD rom with LINUX for $2, why buy it for $75? Admittedly, I have many experts nearby to ask for help when I need support.
I think open source is a wonderful thing and will continue to spread (and RedHat is THE brand in my field), but at this point I don't see where the profits will come from.


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