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[News] How to Make Money from Free Software and Proof That It Works

  • Subject: [News] How to Make Money from Free Software and Proof That It Works
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2010 17:38:53 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Open Source 101: Paying for Free Software

,----[ Quote ]
| Though most Linux binaries are indeed free, 
| there are a few out there that do come at a 
| cost. Like, for instance, Red Hat Enterprise 
| Linux. But, if I wanted to, I am more than 
| able to go out and download the source RPMs 
| and compile the code myself to make a full-
| blown instance of RHEL.
| Even though I have the skill set to do this, 
| the question then becomes, why would I? My 
| time is worth way more then the fee Red Hat 
| charges for putting this all together, so 
| even if it hits my wallet right up front, 
| it's well worth it in the long run.
| This is the core advantage of open source 
| software for most users like me: it's not 
| that we can get the source code ourselves, 
| but rather that other people with more time 
| on their hands (and ideally a paycheck to do 
| it) can take the code and make it into a 
| form we can use.


Thinking about open source: There are three types of software 

,----[ Quote ]
| Let me break down software into three 
| categories:
|    1. Open source software, where every 
|    single byte of the programming source 
|    code is covered by some license 
|    sanctioned by the Open Source Initiative 
|    (OSI).
|    2. Proprietary software, where none of 
|    the code making up the whole is covered 
|    by an OSI-sanctioned license or is 
|    otherwise made available for free reuse 
|    and distribution.
|    3. Hybrid software, where some of the 
|    code is covered by an open source licence 
|    and some of it is not.
| Whoa!, you might say, it is ethically and 
| ideologically wrong to do anything but #1!
| Whoa!, you might say, capitalists abhor 
| âfreeâ when it comes to anything they are 
| trying to sell, so #2 wins!
| Whoa!, you might say, youâre allowed to mix 
| open source and non-open source code to 
| create software, as in #3?


Open Source vs. the White Supremacists

,----[ Quote ]
| The open source connection is indirect, but 
| essential---Facebook is built on open source 
| technologies, and the Internet itself is one 
| of the biggest open source success stories 
| of all: open software, and open standards 
| and protocols. 
| [...]
| Once again I give my heartfelt thanks to all 
| the great Linux and FOSS people who made all 
| this possible. It's making a big difference 
| to my little community. 



When using open source makes you an enemy of the state

,----[ Quote ]
| The US copyright lobby has long argued
| against open source software - now
| Indonesia's in the firing line for
| encouraging the idea in government
| departments
| It's only Tuesday and already it's been an
| interesting week for the world of digital
| rights. Not only did the British government
| changed the wording around its
| controversial 'three strikes' proposals,
| but the secretive anti-counterfeiting
| treaty, Acta, was back in the headlines.
| Meanwhile, a US judge is still deliberating
| over the Google book settlement.
| As if all that wasn't enough, here's
| another brick to add to the teetering tower
| of news, courtesy of Andres Guadamuz, a
| lecturer in law at the University of
| Edinburgh.
| Guadamuz has done some digging and
| discovered that an influential lobby group
| is asking the US government to basically
| consider open source as the equivalent of
| piracy - or even worse.
| What?
| It turns out that the International
| Intellectual Property Alliance, an umbrella
| group for organisations including the MPAA
| and RIAA, has requested with the US Trade
| Representative to consider countries like
| Indonesia, Brazil and India for its
| "Special 301 watchlist" because they use
| open source software.

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