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IT Managers Journal: Making Money from FLOSS

Sep 01, 2005, 21:15 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Many people are already convinced that the Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) development model is superior to proprietary methods. Others see strong ethical and philosophical reasons to prefer it. But what's less clear is how to make money from it--not to Bill Gates scope but by building a strong company or making a decent living. How can you make any money when you give away your work for free?

"The evidence is hard to argue with. FLOSS has been around for decades, and in an industry where a company can go from zero to billions in a few years (and many do), not a single company has even nearly achieved that by making money from FLOSS..."

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