A paper titled From the commons to capital: Red Hat, Inc. and the business of Free Software has been published in PeerProduction journal. I tried to read it only once. At the middle of reading how RHEL and Fedora are managed through a structure, things started to get complex.
I think, visualizing the relationship between RedHat and Fedora’s structure and council in terms of some venn or graph diagrams could help us understand better. Can anyone try that? @31gane, @suriyadeepan, @Balvis, @arunisaac, @ramaseshan, anyone?
Red Hat, Inc. is the largest and only publicly traded corporation whose business model relies entirely on free software products and services. Nonetheless, Red Hat reported more than US$ 1.7 billion in revenues in 2015. In this paper, I explain the relationship between Red Hat and its sponsored free software projects, and how it enables the company to transform free software products into proprietary commodities that provide the foundation for its business model.