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Understanding How Open Source Software Developers Make Money

Sep 22, 2014, 14:00 (1 Talkback[s])

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There are many myths about open source software (OSS) and perhaps the most common is this: open source and profit are mutually exclusive. Surely there are those who believe that all software should be open and free, but they are a minority (not dissimilar to art purists).

The truth is: many OSS developers and projects do generate revenue. Some earn just enough money to survive while others produce so much money that they put proprietary alternatives to shame. How’s that for irony?

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