March 4, 2016

Tech Firms Grapple With How to Make Open Source Pay

Issue gains currency, as private investors pour money into open-source startups. ...Open-source projects underpin services offered by companies such Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc., and Uber Technologies Inc, and open-source-based operating systems such as Linux power many corporate servers, financial trading platforms, and Android phones. However, companies that offer such software as their primary product by and large have found it rough going.

Since most open-source firms donât have a product to sell, they historically made money by selling technical servicesâessentially tech support and consulting servicesâthat help companies take advantage of free tools.

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