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Beyond Support/Service: Making More Money from Open Source

Aug 21, 2007, 20:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen O'Grady)

"As recently as two years ago, the dominant question we fielded in connection to commercial entities founded around open source projects was this: how will they make money? Why would anyone pay for something that is free?

"Regrettably, we still field that one more than we may like, but in the face of the ongoing operation--not to mention the growth--of entities such as MySQL and Red Hat, it’s far less common than it once was. Investors and other parties with significant interests seem to have finally digested the fact that a certain portion of the addressable software market will not only pay for freely available open source software, but that they insist on paying for freely available open source software. It's a prerequisite for adoption, in many if not most cases..."

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