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Upside: Cosource's Leap of Faith

Dec 08, 1999, 16:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Our mission, our evangelism to the open source community, is that money is good," Thompson says. "The fact that open source can move forward without money being involved is great, but money can make it better...."

"Open source is based on the notion that software developers have a problem and they fix it," Thompson says. "If you're not a software developer, you have no way of getting your software fixed. Cosource is built on the notion that I'm not a software developer, but I have this problem, and this is how much I'd be willing to pay...."

"Aside from financing, Thompson says his main goal is to evangelize and build critical mass within the open source community. It's an uphill climb, he admits. Although open source and free software proponents have no problem with people making money off their own labor, successful development projects such as Linux have highly evolved social structures that might get tainted by the sudden infusion of filthy lucre."

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