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Open source & making money: two worlds?

May 17th, 2010 • 4 Comments

I’m a big fan of Open Source Software. But I can also understand that making money is important nowadays. And to be honest I feel more confident when a company is involved in the development of a tool/product/application. I think communities are great – but a company with real QA and who needs to make money out of a tool/product/application has a motivation to make the best out of the tool/product/application.

Now the question is: How do you make money with this in mind? Simply by selling support contracts? I have seen companies fail with that model.

A good idea might be to release the code in open source but as a company do development of new features in a closed repository. Make a clear release plan which shows the upcoming features (and distribute it). When a customer needs one of these upcoming features etc. he can either:

Next to that Support contracts might still be an option ๐Ÿ™‚

Crucial point is here the right choice of a source code control system. Because the community still might develop cool features which you want in you closed repository as well…But distributed SCMs do the job…

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