An open source living

Summary:Open source and free software aren't synonyms.Everyone needs to make a living, and there are many people in the open source community who make it by selling their wares.

Open source and free software aren't synonyms.

Everyone needs to make a living, and there are many people in the open source community who make it by selling their wares.

When seeking tools to help my 13-year old son learn Python this last week, I've come across many with dollar signs attached.

If you're writing tools or simple applications, how else are you to make a living?

The two primary routes to open source survival, however, are services and service. IBM makes a ton of money from open source services, integrating systems based on open source operating environments. Linus Torvalds makes his money from service, taking a salary from the OSDL.

The business model you choose depends on where you sit in the open source ecosystem and what you need.

But if you're studying open source, please be assured that a living you will have. If you want it.

Topics: Open Source

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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