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LinuxWorld: Making money on open source

Dec 03, 2000, 18:12 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"This week, Nick Petreley examines how companies can make money in open source -- and how much money they're likely to make. Along the way, he predicts the eventual demise of proprietary software and the evolution of the open source market away from the software itself."

"Someone suggested that open source is spreading throughout non-Western countries because it lowers the barrier to break into the software market with original software. I wondered out loud if that phenomenon was really a motivator, since you can't make much money off open source software. In fact, open source might be more advantageous in countries where our copyright laws aren't well respected, as people can simply steal GPL code and use it to produce proprietary software."

"I don't really suspect that software developers in non-Western countries will abuse the GPL for profits. My challenges along this line were simply meant to stimulate the conversation, since it was obvious we had hit a hot button. But I found it interesting that -- except for some comments maddog made about Linux stocks -- nobody could make a solid case that it is more profitable to write open source than proprietary software."

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