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How On Earth Do You Make A Dime Out Of Linux And Open Source Software?

Jan 06, 2009, 13:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David M Williams)

"Atwood's article goes on to say that one thing is crystal clear: if you write software and charge money for it, your software will be pirated. It’s as sure as death and taxes.

"Now, piracy is bad, okay? It hurts the programmers who depend on its sales to pay their bills and wages. Sermon over.

"By contrast, software piracy pure and simple isn't an issue in the world of open source. This is a no-brainer. It's free to use and distribute.

"Yet, this does raise the question: who the heck writes open source software? If they're not paid to do it, is it any good at all? Certainly Microsoft has tried to use this argument. But is it true to say you can’t make money out of it, at all?"

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