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[News] How Money Can be Made From Free Software Business

  • Subject: [News] How Money Can be Made From Free Software Business
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 08:37:57 +0100
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Diaspora: The Future of Free Software Funding?

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| A couple of weeks ago I wrote about 
| Diaspora, a free software project to 
| create a distributed version of Facebook 
| that gives control back to users. Since 
| then, of course, Facebook-bashing and 
| Diaspora-boosting have become somewhat 
| trendy. Indeed, Diaspora has now soared 
| past its initial $10,000 fund-raising 
| target: at the time of writing, it has 
| raised over $170,000, with 15 days to go. 
| That's amazing, but what's more 
| interesting is the way in which Diaspora 
| has done it.
| Of course, the sudden interest of 
| mainstream media has helped, but beyond 
| the arithmetical implications of having 
| lots of people looking at your site, 
| what's important is how the Diaspora team 
| has managed to turn those proverbial 
| eyeballs into practical funds. 


Guest View: A litmus test for an open-source company

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| Recently a colleague from Apache commented 
| to me that there are no such things as 
| open-source companies. Instead, he 
| identified a few types of companies that 
| "make money out of open source":
| â    via expertise in consultancy
| â    hoarding copyright ownership for a 
| big sale
| â    providing additional value on top of 
| open-source products
| â    licensing fear, uncertainty and doubt 
| (choosing GPL to make users who fear GPL 
| pay)
| [...]
| The second model where GPL is used is to 
| protect code and force companies to buy a 
| commercial (i.e. non-open-source) license. 
| The logic is simple: Most companies don't 
| like GPL. The company that owns the 
| copyright to a GPL codebase can re-license 
| the code under a different license to 
| those willing to pay.



Humble update: open source extension (5/11/10)

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| The Humble Indie Bundle experiment has been
| a massive success beyond our craziest
| expectations. So far, in just over 7 days,
| 125,520 generous contributors have put down
| an incredible $1,150,639. Of this,
| contributors chose to allocate 30.91% to
| charity: $355,716 for the Electronic
| Frontier Foundation and Child's Play
| Charity. I have made a page for the full
| breakdown including credit card fees in a
| JSON format here (json).

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