Who Cares if FOSS is Profitable?


Money makes the world go round, or so it’s been said, but what about the world of FOSS? Sparked by a recent Glyn Moody column on Heise Online, that’s the question bloggers have been wrestling with in recent days. On the one hand, we’ve got the fact that FOSS is generally free — a feature that tends to minimize the revenue-generating opportunities, at least at first glance. On the other hand, we have compelling evidence from companies like Red Hat that it is indeed possible to make money aplenty with free and open source software.

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