Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> John Bokma wrote:
>> Justin Sane wrote:
>>> My programmers have developped a powerful e-commerce application
>>> similar as Amazon.com's
>>> e-commerce application, working with PHP and PostgreSQL. It uses
>>> artificial intelligence
>>> and works very well.
>>> My question is: How could I make money if it were open-source?
>> Have a peek at http://www.phpbb.com/. Have a close look at their
>> site, and if you use IE + Google Tool Bar think how they got that
> This gives companies that embrace Open Source power, but not
> necessarily money.
True, depends a bit on how much money you need. I think a PR9 site can
make quite some money based on links alone, but enough?
> This power can be used to promote the company and establish
> confidence among a wide range of users. If you have developed a tool
> that is of general purpose, distribute it. When you develop something
> which is targetted at a narrower range of users, the market will be
> easier to penetrate.
> Google started with an open, friendly and unobtrusive Web search
> engine. Look where they stand today
> (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4072772.stm), having earned loyal
> users over the years.
On the other hand, there are many, many, many OS developers that make
hardly any money with their products.
There are a few exceptions, but *few*.
MySQL, Blender, BitTorrent to name a few.
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