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..."