Linux profitability: How successful are the companies behind the biggest distros?
It’s hard to put a number on success. How much money does a technology company need to make in order to be considered successful?
On the Linux side of things there are (for many) three "big dogs" that we tend to think of: Canonical (Ubuntu), Red Hat (Fedora) and SUSE LLC (SUSE). Let’s take a look at how each of these companies are doing financially.
Let’s start with SUSE - now a wholly owned subsidiary of Attachmate. In the summer 2012, at "SUSEcon 2012," SUSE itself was announced to be profitable, with revenues above $200 million (USD), with expectations of continued revenue growth into 2013.
The phrase "not too shabby" would be an understatement.