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Why make a software open source

Post by yangW » Wed Dec 28, 2005 12:09 am

I just do not know why the developpers here and on the net make their work open source. I mean why? Do they not want to make money?

Like whats the deal?
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Post by Swizec » Wed Dec 28, 2005 12:59 am

There are many ways to make money with open source.

Yet there is only one way to make absolutely perfect code (with time ofcourse) and that is open source. Because what good does it do you that only nonusers can find solutions? With opensource every user your software has is a potential contributor that brings in fresh wind and great bug fixes.

Open Source ftw!

(look at linux compared to windows for example, which is better? ;) )

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Post by starfoxtj » Wed Dec 28, 2005 1:46 am

Swizec wrote: (look at linux compared to windows for example, which is better? ;) )

lol dont go there...someone is going to get their head chewed off in a flame war. :P (although I like linux better for its stability, even though I dont know how to use it yet).

But the main reason is security and stability.

How do people make money off of it though? Any other way besides ads and shirts and stuff?
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Post by Anon » Wed Dec 28, 2005 2:15 am

Because there are nice people in the world :)

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Post by who_cares » Wed Dec 28, 2005 3:29 am

Anon wrote: Because there are nice people in the world :)

I think that covers it

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Post by Swizec » Wed Dec 28, 2005 9:04 am

Point taken about flame wars :D

As for money, look at wikipedia, it's very free and whatnot, yet when they started with donations this year... 64k$ in 2 or 3 days... yeah, lovely

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Post by Pit » Wed Dec 28, 2005 6:10 pm

For the power, the money, and the women. 8)
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Re: Why make a software open source

Post by gamepro » Wed Dec 28, 2005 6:58 pm

yangW wrote: I just do not know why the developpers here and on the net make their work open source. I mean why? Do they not want to make money?

Like whats the deal?


Linux makes about 2 billion a year. :roll:

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Post by Anon » Wed Dec 28, 2005 7:48 pm

Pit wrote: For the power, the money, and the women. 8)


I'm sorry to burst your bubble Pit, but the woman don't count if their last names are all jpg 8)

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Post by starfoxtj » Wed Dec 28, 2005 8:07 pm

Anon wrote:
Pit wrote:For the power, the money, and the women. 8)


I'm sorry to burst your bubble Pit, but the woman don't count if their last names are all jpg 8)

Haha thats great. :lol:
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Post by hargaisa1 » Thu Dec 29, 2005 3:58 am

Anon wrote:
Pit wrote:For the power, the money, and the women. 8)


I'm sorry to burst your bubble Pit, but the woman don't count if their last names are all jpg 8)



lol now that is funny...

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Post by lilybony » Thu Dec 29, 2005 6:06 am

There were many nice people in the world at first,and they are smart enough to create some wonderful things, then other people who have bussniess mind at the side look at them and think that's stupid to share your things with others, so they begin to earn money from it.
that's the story :wink:
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Post by Ska4Christ » Thu Dec 29, 2005 7:32 am

Anon wrote:
Pit wrote:For the power, the money, and the women. 8)


I'm sorry to burst your bubble Pit, but the woman don't count if their last names are all jpg 8)


Haha! Both of these posts are hilarious. :D

But yeah, Open Source just seems... nice. 8)
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Post by R. U. Serious » Thu Dec 29, 2005 1:48 pm

Swizec wrote: There are many ways to make money with open source.


Or more specifically: whether you make money or not, is not (directly) related to the licensing of the software.
Yet there is only one way to make absolutely perfect code (with time ofcourse) and that is open source.


I don't know how you measure "absolute perfect code", but if you are talking about quality as in number of bugs in a released product, then what you say is certainly wrong. I would, again, say that this is not related to the licensing of the software.
And it's not even related to the kind of open/closed participation related to the project. It has more to do with the mindset of the devevlopers, and the amount of time (and potentially money) that a project is willing to spend on QA. And QA is not a fun job, you're a lot more likely to get people to do it when they are paid, than when expecting someone to show up and offer to invest his free time in it. (Again not directly related to the licnsing model of the distributed software)



So why is there opensource software? Here is one explanation from free software proponents: http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html whis is one part of opensource software (see also: http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/categories.html )

You'll find more general answers here:
http://www.opensource.org/advocacy/case_for_hackers.php
http://www.opensource.org/advocacy/case ... siness.php

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Post by Quillz » Thu Dec 29, 2005 7:12 pm

How exactly does Linux make $2 billion a year? I know there are some commercial solutions like SuSE and Red Hat, but other than that, is it just donations?

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