Roy Schestowitz wrote:
> | Just a few years back, people asked themselves whether there was ever any
> | way people could make money out of open source, but no one is asking
> | that question any more, plus the quality of the code is excellent.
Who buys it? "They make their money from support contracts" is the
conventional wisdom for OSS businesses, which seems a bit thin. For
one thing, there is no effective leverage in selling engineering by the
pound. An individual can earn a good rate of pay, but that is all.
When you sell software to people who see the benefits of its use and
are willing to share some of their gain with the implementor, you have
leverage. The more people who can take advantage of your product on
their own, the more money will flow into your account. Your customers
are paying for the benefits of your innovation, not simply hiring you
to perform a service.