Weblog:   The Myth of Open Source Support Tactics
Subject:   no lock in?
Date:   2003-04-24 06:24:59
From:   anonymous2
Response to: no lock in?

Yes, if there was an economic advantage for them to do so. The question isn't "Is Redhat doing this now", the situation is "They can do this if they want, it's a free (market|country|source)". There's nothing stopping Redhat (or anyone else) selling support for Debian installs, and that's an advantage of open source.

Try selling support (including fixing underlying source code bugs) for a closed product. Only the company or affiliated vendors can do that, and poorly at that (usually). Less choice == !good