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11 open source business models

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| Telling people to pay you and go away worked 
| for an amazingly long time. It sounds like it 
| shouldnât. It sounds a bit like theft. But 
| software is a miracle, and for decades EULA 
| Ware was the only model there was.
| Open source companies, on the other hand, they 
| have to use their imagination. 


Keep the cash: think open source

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| Open source has come a long way since Linux, 
| with the advent of software programs in many 
| universities. There are open source and 
| freeware programs available for everything 
| from antivirus software to media players. Open 
| source differs from freeware in that the code 
| is freely available and can be modified under 
| certain conditions, while freeware code is 
| not.
| In theory, users could replace most of 
| their purchased software with open source 
| software. For example, you can use Songbird 
| as a music player, OpenOffice.org in place 
| of Microsoft Office, Gimp to replace 
| Photoshop, and AVG as antivirus. But these 
| substitutions are not yet commonplace.


Clickbooth Releases XTracks Beta- The XTremely Simple
(& Free!) PPC Profitability Tracker



Does open source undermine innovation?

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| 3) Open source can't create products of
| equal quality to closed source, because
| nobody's getting rich. I think that
| Firefox, Linux and MySQL users would
| disagree with this, as would I. It's true
| that many open source project never achieve
| professional-quality polish, but that's
| mostly an issue of poor project management
| and leadership. I think you only have to
| look at the work HappyKillmore did on the
| ArduPilot configuration utility, or how
| Mike Black improved our GCS to see this:
| I'd argue that both are better than any of
| the ground station and configuration
| utilities from the commercial players in
| our space (and some, including Flexipilot,
| don't have groundstations at all). Note
| that these contributions were made not
| because someone was getting paid, but
| because the contributors had their own
| reasons to want better software. And
| because we set an open source standard,
| they chose to share their work so that
| others could build on it.
| So, to sum up: I understand why commercial
| developers dislike the entry of an open
| source project into their market and hope
| it will fail. But the trend lines are clear
| on this one: open source is here to stay
| and is spreading, mostly because it leads
| to more, cheaper products faster.
| ArduPilot, for example. went from concept
| to maturity (with the 2.5 code, now in the
| hands of beta testers) in a year, including
| a full suite of supporting tools. There is
| no commercial autopilot that has come close
| to that speed of development. And as the
| DIY Drones community grows and our tools of
| group development improve, we are extending
| that to a host of new products created by
| the members here. To hire this many
| engineers would be ruinous, but by creating
| a community of shared interest and a
| culture of collaboration, we can do so at
| almost no cost at all. It's really quite
| magical.


FOSS use and development also can be compared to bees

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| After a few days of cleaning, bees will take on
| other hive chores like feeding larvae and
| grooming the queen, taking pollen, water and
| nectar from foraging bees and placing it where
| needed.
| When the new FOSS user gets beyond the 'feeling
| out' stage, they begin to identify areas that
| need improvement or finding alternatives.They
| will post specific questions on forums asking
| "how to.." and generally set about the task of
| 'tweaking' their software or app.
| After a few weeks of housekeeping duty, bees
| are pretty much fully developed now in terms of
| everything from flying to stinging. They now
| become ( usually) guard bees, inspecting every
| bee that comes into the hive to be sure it
| belongs and warding off any potential threats
| to the colony.

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