Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Oct 2009 08:11 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Palm has just announced a number of changes its webOS development platform that should really be welcomed by developers. They are fully blessing application distribution outside of the App Catalog, open source developers will no longer have to pay a dime to have their applications in the App Catalog, and Palm will also open up all their analytical data for developers to use. Instant update: the official press release is out too.
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Cost for open source
by Adurbe on Tue 6th Oct 2009 10:44 UTC
Adurbe
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2005-07-06

The cost for including an open source app was not one that will impede most projects (we can all find £100 quid I am sure. However it shows an understanding of the ecosystem and the mindset of the developers they are trying to woo to the platform.

The WebOS platform is certainly winning in the (developer) PR department over Apple at the moment. But, at the end of the day, who they develop for will be influenced by the marketshare.

Marketshare = no. of potential customers = more potential revenue = happy developer buys an island somewhere

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RE: Cost for open source
by Zifre on Tue 6th Oct 2009 20:12 in reply to "Cost for open source"
Zifre Member since:
2009-10-04

The cost for including an open source app was not one that will impede most projects (we can all find £100 quid I am sure.


I'm sure most people could come up with the money if they knew they would soon get it back in sales, but would you, as an open source developer, really want to pay $150 without getting anything back?

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RE[2]: Cost for open source
by Adurbe on Wed 7th Oct 2009 12:14 in reply to "RE: Cost for open source"
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

it depends on the product to be honest. Just because something is open source does not mean it cannot generate revenue. Directly or indirectly.

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