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TroubleShooters.com: Linux Log: The Natural Resource View of Open Source Profit

Jan 10, 2002, 18:12 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Litt)
"Most explanations of "Open Source business models" have been proposed as ways to subvert the laws of supply and demand, which are based on scarcity. Most such models have failed because of the flawed assumption that Open Source is a scarce commodity, or can somehow be made scarce.

In fact Open Source more resembles an abundant, self renewing natural resource. Imagine it as a fast growing weed. You don't make money by selling abundant weeds -- you make money using them.

The one remaining question is how these abundant Open Source resources renew themselves, when the programmers creating them are not paid to do so (in most cases). The answer is that the programmers create or contribute to Open Source projects because they need the resulting functionalities more than they need the time they spend coding those functionalities."

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