Raleigh News & Observer: The Allure of Open-Source
Sep 11, 2002, 17:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan B. Cox)
"John C. Stille is a 17-year-old senior at Raleigh's Cardinal
Gibbons High School who does more than type research papers and
play games on computers. He writes the code that makes them work.
For the past three years, Stille, who also plays on his school's
varsity baseball team, has created open-source
software--applications whose technical workings can be seen,
manipulated and improved by anybody. Stille has even helped start
an online foundation that assists other people looking to get
involved in the business. He talked with Connect's Jonathan Cox
about his experiences. The following is an edited transcript of
"Q.How much money is in this?
"A.I have made a little bit, but I do it more for the love of
computers than anything else. Open-source software can lead to many
possibilities. You can keep it to where you make nothing and you
just do it for the joy of doing it. It can lead to a medium amount
of money where you go based on donations and grants to help the
software continue, which usually you end up spending a lot of money
on computers to test your software and stuff like that. It can
eventually lead to big money..."