[kwlug-disc] OpenSource Me!

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Fri Dec 19 18:45:16 EST 2008


Lots of very good comments in this thread.

How quickly things progress from "I need to get some work done" to 
support, user contributions, publication, modularity, plug-ins, and on 
and on and on.

Any good reference works out there as to (a) if they only knew then 
what they know now [designing things / environment / package better up 
front instead of redoing the app multiple times, and (b) design 
guidelines / suggestions / etc. as one dives in head first?

Insurance Squared Inc. wrote, On 12/19/2008 3:47 PM:
> Oh, you'd think so.  But in my market, demand <> paying customers. 
> 
> I liken it this way.  I tell my clients I'll charge them $1 to show them 
> how to make $5.  Their response is to suggest that why don't they not 
> pay me the $1 and instead I just show them how to make $4.  They don't 
> always appreciate that none of it works if I don't get my $1.
> 
> Which is one of the reasons I'm considering GPL.  Tough to sell much of 
> it anyway.
> 
> 
> Chris Frey wrote:
>> On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 02:48:04PM -0500, Insurance Squared Inc. wrote:
>>   
>>> I've actually been asked to build this project 
>>> numerous times through the years but have always declined.
>>>     
>> [snip]
>>
>>   
>>> Cons to opensource:
>>> - I'm working,but not making money.
>>>     
>> These two look like conflicting statements.  If there is interest, you
>> should at least have potential people willing to pay for an open source
>> solution, especially if everyone pays for part of the development costs.
>>
>> I don't know if this would work in practice though.
>>
>> - Chris
>>
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