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LinuxWorld: How Will Companies Ever Make Money Off Open-Source?

Aug 28, 2004, 01:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Simon Phipps)

"A guest asked a question that often crops up; 'Sun is giving so much source-code to open source (Project Looking Glass and Solaris the most recent announcements), how will it ever monetize these donations--how can you make money if you keep giving stuff away?' It's a good question. At its heart lies a misunderstanding about the nature of open source software, and once that's cleared up everything falls into place much more easily. The paradox--profiting from what is given away--is actually one many of us participate in every day in another area of our lives..."

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