FUD: You can’t make money with FLOSS.
Truth: FLOSS pays.
It’s the least expensive way to provide any service in IT and users and customers love it.“The mobile search market is experiencing out-of-control growth. Mobile searches have increased 200% year over year in 2012, and itâ€™s predicted that within the next year, mobile will become the primary way people access Googleâ€™s services. But despite early reports, Google isnâ€™t doomed from a sudden shift to mobile.
Far from it â€“ the opposite in fact! Google has managed to transform itself into a â€œmobile firstâ€ company. Currently, the majority of Googleâ€™s $8B run-rate mobile revenue derives from advertising (excluding Motorola). Thatâ€™s why the company is totally restructuring the way its pay-per-click advertising platform, AdWords, works â€“ Google wants more businesses advertising on mobile, so itâ€™s making mobile PPC radically simpler with the introduction of enhanced campaigns, as well as new mobile conversion types, offer extensions and a mobile app ad type, all specifically created to address mobile-centric use cases.”
So, everyone with a decent business-plan gets cost-effective IT and sales from FLOSS. It’s obvious that no licensing fees and software shared cooperatively among millions of programmers reduces the cost of IT, the essential element of any business these days.
Google uses Linux everywhere and adds it’s own code on top of that to provide wonderfully popular services and opportunities to earn revenue through advertising. There has never been software so popular so fast as Android/Linux, not even M$’s stuff. They took decades to do what Google has done in five years and Google’s stuff is growing while M$’s is stagnant. This is not a blip but a major shift in how IT and business is done.
If GNU/Linux pays dividends for huge businesses, why not you? I recommend Debian GNU/Linux and all the FLOSS applications you want from their huge repositories. Just add what you want using APT, the world’s best package manager. A few clicks does it all, upgrading/installing OS and applications.