Guide to earning income from a Free/Open Source Project

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Guide to earning income from a Free/Open Source Project

Post by forart » Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:30 am

Really interesting guide, check it out:

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Post by jorge1987 » Wed Sep 20, 2006 5:05 pm

interesting, I am reading.

Saludos :D:D

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Re: Guide to earning income from a Free/Open Source Project

Post by Witch » Sat Mar 21, 2009 2:51 pm

Open Source software is wonderful. And when you make something that is useful, and you give it away for free, everybody loves you. As an OS programmer you know this is true! Yes, it should feel good, and it does.

Yet, how do we translate that good will into food on our plate? That is a question I kept asking myself when working on DSL.

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This is the bane of all OS developers:
How do we make a living while doing what we love?
That's what I want to know! Does anybody have an answer that doesn't include uglifying googley ads?

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Re: Guide to earning income from a Free/Open Source Project

Post by Haos » Sat Mar 21, 2009 2:54 pm

Please move this thread to Offtopic section.

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Re: Guide to earning income from a Free/Open Source Project

Post by vicmarcal » Sat Mar 21, 2009 4:14 pm

Well..the idea is "uglyfing" with ad-sense...so a small amunt can came to ReactOS project.
And yes..this is totally offtopic :)
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Re: Guide to earning income from a Free/Open Source Project

Post by Witch » Sat Mar 21, 2009 5:30 pm

source: http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/income-gu ... ctive.html
Lets list the various revenue streams...

Active Earning:
Selling Software
Selling Related Items
Selling Consulting
Working on One Off Projects

Passive Earnings:
Advertisement
Donations
Well, I have personally never tried any of the Advertisement techniques that John (Connor?) mentions in his guide. I would need too see some before and after numbers in order to be convinced out of my stubbornness.



However I do like pretty visual ads more than text ads and judging by this. My future as a programmer doesn't look so good. My geekness doesn't seem to be sophisticated enough to become a future ReactOS coder. :cry:

source: http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/income-gu ... -tips.html
With geeks,(your and my target audience) you will find that text links tend to do better than image advertising.


In summary:
I'm a believer of these particular revenue streams. With priorities ordered like this. So it seems like I'm more an Active earning chaser than a passive.

Active Earning:
1. Selling Consulting
3. Selling Related Items
4. Selling Software


Passive Earnings:
2. Donations
5. Advertisement ( Visual deeply embedded ads, brokering your own ad deals. )

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Re: Guide to earning income from a Free/Open Source Project

Post by vicmarcal » Sat Mar 21, 2009 5:52 pm

Problem is that Active earnings cant be made by Developers but can be made by nonskilled people.
Placing a Dev in any Active earning means waste a Dev,when you can place a nonDev there.
That´s why a Project needs two kind of people: Devs for Coding, NonDevs for Active earnings.
Look at me...i can give real basic support and im not a dev, most of all the issues/problems about Installing ReactOS could be solved for somekind-skilled nonDevs...
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Re: Guide to earning income from a Free/Open Source Project

Post by Witch » Sat Mar 21, 2009 6:22 pm

https://www.cia.gov/library/publication ... nt/xx.html
Population:
6.706.993.152 (July 2008 est.)
Well if 10% of world population is Dev then 90% of us non-skilled people can earn small money from ReactOS project and then redirect that revenue stream back to the ReactOS developers through donations.

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1.)
90% of 6,706,993,152 people = 6,036,293,836 people


2.)
90% of world population make easy money from ReactOS project and
donate 1$ each every month:

6,036,293,836 people = 6,036,293,836 $ for ReactOS Developers.
Then Dev happy , you happy , me happy , everybody happy :D ( It's the circle of life Simba )

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Re: Guide to earning income from a Free/Open Source Project

Post by Witch » Thu Aug 27, 2009 11:27 pm

After the Software Wars
http://www.lulu.com/content/4964815
This book should be free to download, unless digg army flies over there and makes the author change his mind.


Just as I suspected nobody in any open source has really asked the question properly. That's why it's going to work!
A donate button isn't enough, aye! It's like sending SPAM mails to everybody in the universe nobody cares.


PDF page 140 / Book page 135
Many Ubuntu users are passionate about the potential of free
software and want to help, but they are unable to contribute back in
any technical way. This is one of the reasons why donations of
money should be used for free software, a topic I will discuss more
in the next chapter.

Perhaps the biggest reason why money isn't donated to free software
is that hardly anyone is asking.
On Ubuntu's website, they
encourage you to volunteer your time, but they do not ask for
money.

Just $1 per computer per year would cover Mark Shuttleworth's
costs to run Ubuntu. Computers cost between $500 and $2,000, so
five dollars for the five years you might keep your new computer is
not very much to ask!

PDF page 145 / Book page 140
The first free software distribution with a community
of 10,000 developers wins.

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Re: Guide to earning income from a Free/Open Source Project

Post by vicmarcal » Fri Aug 28, 2009 2:13 am

Witch wrote:

PDF page 145 / Book page 140
The first free software distribution with a community
of 10,000 developers wins.
WE WIN!! WE WIN!!
Oh Wait!
Is that 10 and three decimals, right?
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Re: Guide to earning income from a Free/Open Source Project

Post by Witch » Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:16 pm

Uh, I don't know anymore the metric-imperial war, the 1000th separator war, and the decimal war gives me the headaches.
  • thousand
  • 1000
  • 1.000,00
  • 1,000.00
  • 1 000
18. Murphy's Law:
"If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone will do it."


Ohloh: quantitative analysis of hundreds of open source projects
If the heaviest developers really do hang out here http://www.ohloh.net/tags/os then the race is far from over.


date: 2009-08-29

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3217 users - Linux Kernel 2.6
2132 users - Ubuntu
1055 users - Debian

  579 users - Wine
  258 users - FreeBSD

   78 users - OpenBSD
   34 users - ReactOS

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