[kwlug-disc] Newbie... Playing with Linux etc...

John Van Ostrand john at netdirect.ca
Sat Apr 17 20:43:15 EDT 2010

----- "Khalid Baheyeldin" <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:

> For the question: "making money from open source", the answer is,
> rightly, a lot of times: sell services. For others, it is "use
> software to drive sales of your hardware or as a total solution".

It's also about lowering costs (as a user of software), or a strategic play to break a powerful monopoly and reduce future costs (speculation on IBM, Intel motives)

For software developers it may be about reducing the cost of a solutoin or about scaling their application from wristwatches to supercomputers and every platform in-between.

I imagine there are a wide range of other reasons too.

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