Open Source

Making money from Open Source

Matt Asay outlines two principles of successful open source based on a conversation with the CEO of Funambol:

  1. Don't upsell your community, and
  2. Sell open source to those who don't like/trust open source.

... Look at what MySQL has done with its Enterprise offering, coupled with their Network. MySQL took nothing away from its community, but added to what companies wanted (better support, more QA, etc.). Its development/user community gets the freedom of GPL (v2) so that they don't really have to care that there is a company behind the project. Enterprise customers, for their parts, get the commercial license so that they don't really have to care that there is a community behind the product.

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