"This week, Nick Petreley examines how companies can make money
in open source -- and how much money they're likely to make. Along
the way, he predicts the eventual demise of proprietary software
and the evolution of the open source market away from the software
"Someone suggested that open source is spreading throughout
non-Western countries because it lowers the barrier to break into
the software market with original software. I wondered out loud if
that phenomenon was really a motivator, since you can't make much
money off open source software. In fact, open source might be more
advantageous in countries where our copyright laws aren't well
respected, as people can simply steal GPL code and use it to
produce proprietary software."
"I don't really suspect that software developers in non-Western
countries will abuse the GPL for profits. My challenges along this
line were simply meant to stimulate the conversation, since it was
obvious we had hit a hot button. But I found it interesting that --
except for some comments maddog made about Linux stocks -- nobody
could make a solid case that it is more profitable to write open
source than proprietary software."
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