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So for many years I have been suggesting friends and family to switch to Ubuntu as it is my choice of OS, my question is this,

Can i offer setting up Ubuntu for small businesses as a paid job.

Now obviously I wouldn't be charging the customer for the operating system just the labor of installing and training etc.

But still is that something I am able to do as I wouldn't be selling the product just using my expertise to install it for a business.

Main reason is with the vast majority of small companies using XP that is as of now redundant I feel ubuntu would be a proven great alternative.

Thankyou in advance.

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As long as you are clear with your customers that Ubuntu is a free open source operating system and you are selling support and training. Then there is nothing to stop you. – Warren Hill Apr 8 '14 at 11:26
Yes my main selling point will be that it is open source so no paying for a licence as such, can run on low end pcs and that chance of a virus is much lower! – JackGalway Apr 8 '14 at 11:49

You can ask money for installing and training. You are even allowed to sell copies of Ubuntu. See Licensing for more information. More information can be found in this question. When commercialize Ubuntu watch out with using the Ubuntu brands:

Permitted use Certain usages of the Trademarks are fine and no specific permission from us is needed.

Community advocacy.

Ubuntu is built by, and largely for, its community. We share access to the Trademarks with the entire community for the purposes of discussion, development and advocacy. We recognise that most of the open source discussion and development areas are for non-commercial purposes and will allow the use of the trademarks in this context, provided: the Trademark is used in a manner consistent with the Usage Guidelines below there is no commercial intent behind the use what you are referring to is in fact Ubuntu. If someone is confused into thinking that what isn't Ubuntu is in fact Ubuntu, you are probably doing something wrong there is no suggestion (through words or appearance) that your project is approved, sponsored, or affiliated with Ubuntu or its related projects unless it actually has been approved by and is accountable to the Ubuntu Community Council

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Thank you very much for your speedy response! Will be preparing to offer Ubuntu as a solution for small businesses – JackGalway Apr 8 '14 at 11:12

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