Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Jul 2012 23:06 UTC
In the News Okay, so this is entirely new to me. Sparrow is was an email client for Mac OS X and iOS (and Windows), which brought a decent Gmail experience to these platforms - as opposed to Apple's own not-so-good Gmail support and Google's Gmail iOS application which, well, is just a webpage. Google has now acquired Sparrow, and basically all hell has broken loose, to the point of Rian van der Merwe writing that 'we' lost "faith in a philosophy that we thought was a sustainable way to ensure a healthy future for independent software development, where most innovation happens".
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How to live from open source.
by moondevil on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 07:21 UTC
moondevil
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Sure there are lots of benefits in using open source applications, even I use lots of open source applications.

Having said this, as someone that works for leaving doing software I wouldn't sell my applications open source.

Open source only works in products where the developers can get the money by selling services on top of it, or hardware that makes use of the said software.

At the end of the day the developers need to bring money home, and there is none to be had when your software is 100% available for the others to take, and you cannot sell services on top of it.

This is the reason why most open source desktop applications suck, as they are developed by developers on their free time until they loose interest. Most earn money doing something else.

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