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LinuxWorld: Is theKompany.com a money maker? - Is a hybrid open source market the key?

Dec 03, 2000, 17:38 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Petreley)

"Is it possible to make money on open source? As part of my quest to find out, I interviewed Shawn Gordon, president and CEO of theKompany.com, a software company dedicated to producing Linux tools and productivity applications while expanding the Linux developer base."

"LinuxWorld.com: Let's get right to the issue of the open source economy. What is the mission of theKompany? How does it fit in with what is developing as a whole new way of making money?"

"Shawn Gordon: That's kind of a large question. From our perspective, Linux is the great new frontier. We have this new platform where we can build new things and do new things with them, and kind of write them from scratch. And that keeps us from being hamstrung by code that's evolved for 15 years."

"There are some really neat possibilities with open source. We have been working closely with a lot of people in open source. Some of the software we have been working on has been developed internally. In some cases, we found products that were stalled and helped them move forward. In some cases, we hired the authors, in other cases we worked with the authors, and in some cases the authors said, "Hey, just take it."

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