Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jun 2007 23:09 UTC, submitted by thebluesgnr
GNU, GPL, Open Source The FSF today released version 3 of the GNU GPL, the popular free software license. "Since we founded the free software movement, over 23 years ago, the free software community has developed thousands of useful programs that respect the user's freedom. The programs are in the GNU/Linux operating system, as well as personal computers, telephones, Internet servers, and more. Most of these programs use the GNU GPL to guarantee every user the freedom to run, study, adapt, improve, and redistribute the program," said Richard Stallman, founder and president of the FSF. This article has some interesting replies from the BSD community (right in the middle).
Permalink for comment 252021
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[5]: GNU/Freedom
by npang on Sat 30th Jun 2007 19:22 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: GNU/Freedom"
npang
Member since:
2006-11-26

That is your own prerogative if you choose to stop writing software altogether. Personally, I would encourage you to make money from services that somehow involve free software. Making money with free software is a matter of imagination. The following examples are just a small sample of ways to make money.

One way to do this is to provide a distribution service. Download free software from the internet, burn to a disk then sell the disk for a nice profit. Offer to provide support and customisation services for all the software you distribute. Sell copies of the OpenCD http://www.theopencd.org/. If the OpenCD was commercial and proprietary software, I would estimate it to be $600 worth of software. I bet your customers would love to get $600 worth of very usable and capable software for a fraction of that price (market forces are supposed to kill stupidly high prices). I bet your customers would love to get assurance that they can get the software modified and support for their requirements.

There is a lot of information and knowledge contained in the world of free software. Most users won't have the time/patience to filter out everything. Learn some then charge money for a professional quality consultation service. Every programmer has the potential to be a Firefox expert, a Linux (kernel) expert, a KDE/Gnome expert. The knowledge contained within that software is available for all users. You, as a professional in this field, can provide services to help people make sense of which software to choose and if necessary, get changes happening to fit requirements.

Another service is a documentation service, you could take the Latest release of Ubuntu, compile technical documentation of all the software then publish the results in a book. All of this is very legal and is an ethical way of selling software.

Edited 2007-06-30 19:42

Reply Parent Score: 4