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Does Open Source Need Individual Donations to Survive?

Apr 22, 2009, 17:33 (2 Talkback[s])

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"However, not every project is as big and successful as RedHat. For such projects that don't have a self-sustaining business model, individual donations still seem to be the prime source of support. For them, the results of our survey bear special significance.

"The findings further prove that open source's main principle of allowing all software users access to the source code is indeed one of the main reasons why people use it -- of course, apart from the fact that it accounts for great savings.

"The survey also highlights how widely open source solutions are available on the Internet. Nearly 84% of participants said they were able to find open source solutions directly through Google search."

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