[kwlug-disc] the business model for open source

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Tue Aug 4 23:11:08 EDT 2009

On Tue, Aug 4, 2009 at 10:58 PM, Richard Weait <richard at weait.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Aug 4, 2009 at 10:29 PM, Kyle Spaans<3lucid at gmail.com> wrote:
> > As a tangential (and possibly thread-hijacking question --  I'll be glad
> to take
> > this into a new thread if someone wants) question:
> >
> > Has anyone seen or heard of a company/organization/individual hiring a
> > contractor to work on some FLOSS code for them? What I'm imagining is:
> >
> > FLOSS project X is well used and well liked by company Y, but X is old,
> > unmaintained, or it's developers aren't interested in feature Z that Y
> wants.
> > Therefore Y hires a contractor to work on X for a while and implement
> > feature Z for them.
> All the time.


> Everything from one-off bug bounties to temporary consulting gigs, to
> the hundreds of developers hired at IBM, Novell, Google, Redhat, etc,
> to work on F/LOSS.
> The Drupal community is full of companies who develop modules, or
> design themes, or deploy sites to survive.  You've met some folks who
> do this.  Drupal is not unique in a thriving community, though they
> are a good example.  Other communities that support commercial members
> include OpenStreetMap, SugarCRM, perhaps dozens or hundreds of others.
For a product that has a core and contrib like Drupal, much of the contrib
(modules) are sponsored by companies, either for integration with other
services (like Richard mentioned), or for new native features.
Khalid M. Baheyeldin
2bits.com, Inc.
Drupal optimization, development, customization and consulting.
Simplicity is prerequisite for reliability. --  Edsger W.Dijkstra
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. --   Leonardo da Vinci
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