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NewsForge: Paying Developers to Get Features Faster

Dec 19, 2003, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Dern)

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"What do you do when your off-the-shelf software lacks all the features you want? If it's Open Source software, you can modify the program yourself, if you've got the time and expertise, but then you have to worry about supporting your mods, and whether they'll work when a new release comes out. You can ask the program's developers and hope they'll do what you request within a useful time frame. Or--in some cases--you can pay the developers to add the features you want, in the timeframe you want, as part of the main release.

"For example, Legal Aid Manitoba relies on a program called Childview, which it had been running under Windows 98. Faced with the need to continue supporting its 150 employees in seven offices on an annual budget of CA$333 per user, the organization looked at migrating to Linux as an alternative to a much more costly hardware and software upgrade to Windows XP..."

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