Open Source Does Not Need Monetising

Posted by Scott_Ruecker on Nov 29, 2010 6:56 PM EDT
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It’s common to hear commentators and business leaders justifying practices that wouldn’t be recognised as “open source” by many of us on the grounds that they have to make money somehow. Actions that deny the software freedoms of end users – and even developers – appear like a fungus, spuriously justified by the need for profit. Phrases like “we can’t give everything away” garnish the thought, and it’s easy to be drawn into sympathising with them. But they are wrong. Open source itself is not about making money – that’s the job of its participants. Open source is the pragmatic product and projection of software freedom.

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"Revenue Stream" Bob_Robertson 6 654 Dec 1, 2010 3:02 PM

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