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Making a Business of Open Source

Posted by Bob Warfield on October 4, 2007

I have little to add here other than to say that Joe Cooper has a great essay on how you go about making a business that makes money out of what looks at first glance like free software.  It’s worth a read if you’ve ever been curious about the business of open source.  His comments about hosted open source, which is a lot like combined SaaS and Open Source, are particularly useful.


One Response to “Making a Business of Open Source”

  1. […] a lot of things, but it seems extremely valuable for a platform.  The platform vendor would employ one of the strategies Open Source vendors apply to retain economic return from the code, but the Open Source conveys […]

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