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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."

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