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Linux Getting Paid to Develop Open Source Software An Interview with

Feb 10, 2000, 06:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clark D. Ritchie)

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"... most open source programmers are motivated by a variety of reasons. Some cite a need to fix existing but buggy software. Others desire new features, or maybe the software doesn't even exist at all. Still others feel it's downright immoral to charge for software. Whatever their reason, most open source programmers toil long hours on their own time out of pure pleasure, not for a paycheck."

"But what if there were a way to make money developing open source software? Or what if you're not a programmer yet you still need a particular piece of software developed or customized? Recently several websites have emerged to address these questions. While their approaches are unproven, each has taken a unique strategy to address these issues."

"LDN recently interviewed Bernie Thompson, founder of, one such website designed to coordinate open source developers with paying clients."

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