Covalent Technologies gaat vanaf eind oktober een 24-huurs support service onderhouden voor Apache, de welbekende gratis open source webserver waar o.a. ook deze site door voortgekacheld wordt:
Covalent Technologies, a Nebraska company that offers Apache add-ons and consulting services, will begin providing 24-hour technical support for the free Web server software in the end of October.
Apache is very popular among non-commercial Web sites. Yet for business users, "one of the stumbling blocks has been the lack of an actual support entity," said Randy Terbush, Covalent's chief executive and one of the original founders of the Apache Web server project, started in 1995.
The arrival of technical support for Apache is part of a trend for making free software profitable. Red Hat, a Linux operating system vendor that makes much of its money by selling Linux CDs, plans to make technical support a mainstay of its revenue stream. VA Linux Systems, which manufactures Linux-based computers, is moving in the same direction toward services and support. Linuxcare, on the other hand, focuses specifically on Linux customer services.
Open-source software has moved more into the spotlight as venture capital firms take an interest in the market. Red Hat's successful initial public offering has also raised the profile of the burgeoning open-source movement.
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