Free/Iliad is a French Internet provider with a whooping €1B in revenues. Its founder Xavier Niel boasts being a very profitable business with all salaries representing only a few percents of Free’s revenues: a performance that might be better explained by the amount of open source leveraged by their massive infrastructure.

Unlike Cisco for instance Free picks and chooses which open source should be distributed and which should not. In this instance, Free/Iliad chose not to distribute the GPLed software running on their customers' routers, the aptly-named Freebox.

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