Open Source Does Not Need "Monetising"
Jul 26, 2010, 16:07 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon Phipps)
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"It's common to hear commentators and business leaders
justifying practices that wouldn't be recognised as "open source"
on the grounds that they have to make money somehow.
"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 what happens when several different people
choose to work together on the same code base rather than working
separately. They use an OSI-approved licence and gather as an open
source community around the resulting free-software commons. Each
of them is there for their own reasons; each covers their own costs
and contributes the code they choose to. There is no pooling of
funds to pay for work to be done because everyone is solely
responsible for their own costs."