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Did you know that the term "open source" was actually coined in order to attract business people who feared the old name of the movement, free software movement because they though what many people think today (and are wrong), that if they form a business around "free software" they will have to give it away. Well, what kind of a business would it be anyway? What they abviously didn't understand is that the word "free" in "free software" refers to freedom and not "free of any costs" or "free of charge". That is why Bruce Perens and folks formed a new name that emphasized the practical nature "freedom" software starting to represent the free software movement as the business model. While Richard Stallman does (the founder of free software movement) does not really "like" the fact that open source "hides" the true spirit of the movement which is freedom we should admit that the name open source pushed the movement deeper into the publicity causing big players such as IBM and Sun to enter the game.
But, what you may be interested is what's in it for small programmers? I already talked about this and i will gladly do it again. Here are the examples i often mention when talking about oss/fs as a business model.

- Selling support - You can provide your software, but charge for support and help.
- Charging for the first level distribution - you may charge for providing your software on cd, dvd or other media or even for it's download. Since you'll periodically release new versions (which noone will have) you'll have a constant income (depending on the popularity of your software as in any case) even if people start re-distributing it for free.
- charging for fixing problems - you may as a programmer give services of fixing certain software problems and charging for your work. Open source allows it.

Any other ideas are welcome Idea :-)

So, you see, open source is good for business while it additionally gives freedom to users that will therefore appreciate it more. And the credits of your software will always stay inside there, even if someone decides to develop it's own on your code. It'll finally be a great contribution to humanity and you'll be proud of it.

Let's get to business, open business, business of freedom! :yes:

Feel free to express your opinions, comments and ideas on the matter!

Daniel

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Re: Open source in business!

As far as being a business owner that uses many open source applications, I also know many business owners who do not.

The main reason they dont is the fact that they still see OS apps as "Run by part-timers" and in a sense they are right. Many feel that they will also not get timely and professional support and paying for a non OS app will solve these problems.

OS still has a bit of a way to go.

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Re: Open source in business!

Exactly my point in another thread.

Today's businesses need their systems to be up all the time, and they feel better if they paid for it to be up, at least then, even if something goes wrong, they can put the blame on someone else :pocontent: :quoi: :yes: Wink :-P Laughing Laughing Laughing

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Re: Open source in business!

Heh.. i think there may be arguments from both sides of view. LAMP is today the most popular server system, and most reliable also, therefore being the logical choice for many online business-es.

Also, many other products become as much as reliable and highly supported. So if you'd say it's not there yet, i'd say either that it is (right back at you:lol: ) or that it's ALMOST there. Wink

Daniel :-)

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