I know that people always think there is a catch because some big tech companies - no names - has made a business out of free services.
Successful Linux service companies - look no further than SuSE - which 30 years ago was the only distribution making money by selling CD’s with the free operating system.
Look no further than RedHat which was selling commercial services as an addon to the free operating system.
Today Fedora is the community edition of RedHat Enterprise.
Oracle creates a binary RedHat Enterprise compatible distribution - and selling services as addon.
I have been working with computers for around 30 years - and I have been making money on know-how - selling my services to the people who needed it and were willing to pay for my service.
I have been offering a wide variety of services mostly on Microsoft Windows Workstations and Servers, Microsoft Exchange, Network configuration and maintenance, Antivirus because that is a must when working with Microsoft products
- how to handle system administration tasks
- how to handle network configuration
- how to script certain tasks
- how to implement business intelligence
- how to handle information security
and I could go on. So my question is: Why is it a problem that the people who started Manjaro is making money on their knowledge?
I am guessing that is what the Manjaro company does - they are offering services relating to Linux, networking, business integration - they are getting paid by companies to integrate Manjaro into their business - they are getting paid by vendors to create hardware specific configurations for systems preloaded with Manjaro OS.
Manjaro is free and I believe it will always be - but as with Windows - there is a growning need for the expertise and skills by someone who spent the last decade creating and building a Linux distribution.
Those skills are in high demand - and well paid as well.