How to make money with F/OSS

Open Sources | InfoWorld | The proprietary/open source continuum for ISVs | February 5, 2007 05:09 AM | By Matt Asay

Ok, in general, I am not a big fan of Matt Asay. Often, I feel his blog entries expose him as nothing but a Red Hat shill. Sorry, Matt, but you do tend to have a distinctive leaning in your blog entries.

However, the entry quoted above is an excellent one, and a thought-provoking assessment on how companies can make money with Free/Open Source Software (F/OSS). How much of that assessment is directly from Larry Augusten? I don’t know, but it is great to have it. This is an article I’m definitely going to bookmark. Too often, when explaining what F/OSS is I get the question, “… but if the software is free how do you make money?” My explanation is sometimes lost on the recipient, which means I probably need to work on my elevator pitch. ;-) However, it is nice to have a quick explanation I can send to someone. Maybe I should memorize this and re-use the content. :-)

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