This is how much a Linux distro would have cost to develop 3 years ago - today it would be perhaps as much as double this because of all the new projects relating to virtualization and cloud, not to mention the plethora of hardware which has come out since. No startup can afford this out of the gate, yet this is the building blocks Open Source gives away... in the cloud space, Open Source is truly innovating and the entire proprietary industry is playing catch up because they haven't even foreseen the cloud as something useful - really, it is unique to Linux, it is just clustering made super easy, grids of affordable hardware configured almost automatically. This has always been the selling point of Linux, and over time people have simply started doing this infinitely smarter - now there are companies like Rackspace and Amazon whose biggest business today was pioneered by Google and Facebook back in the day where they'd just throw on new hardware as needed to meet their demands. They contributed that work and now anyone can support these huge loads - for instance, Cassandra is a NoSQL database which Facebook developed and released, now Twitter is using it to manage all their users. Competition should not be at the infrastructure layer, it should be in what is provided as a product.