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26 Open Source Security Apps with Commercial Support

Jan 30, 2009, 16:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cynthia Harvey)

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"On the one hand, open source developers want to find a way to make money from their projects. On the other hand, many application users, particularly enterprise users, are looking for applications with fee-based support. Rightly or wrongly, they feel that paying a fee brings greater accountability, and often these users lack the skills to manage open source apps on their own and would rather pay someone else to do it.

"With pressure from both sides, it's no wonder that so many open source security applications now have commercial components. In all, we’ve covered 26 open source applications that have fee-based support available in some form.

"It's also worth noting that the revenue models for that fee-based support vary substantially from project to project. Our list includes subscription-based services where users pay a yearly or monthly fee for access to e-mail or telephone assistance, as well as "open core" products, which are based on open source projects but incorporate additional features."

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