Subject: Re: Open source funding?
From: Bernard Lang <Bernard.Lang@inria.fr>
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 18:59:34 +0100



Hi,


funding is often a geographic issue ... where are you located ?

I doubt Europe will fund an Australian project, and conversely.

What is wrong with dual licences ?

Bernard


* Lajos <lajos@galatea.com>, le 16-02-05, a écrit:
> 
> Greetings -
> 
> Apologies if this has been discussed before and I've missed it, but ...
> 
> As a user, I'm involved in an open source project with the following 
> charateristics:
> 
> 1) they are developing a complex piece of software for a market that has 
> few open source products available
> 
> 2) the commercial products available are horrendously expensive and are 
> very hard to use
> 
> 3) the project is self-funded by the two founders - they donate time and 
> hosting, but basically end up with all the duties of handling the 
> community, answering users and trying to make room for development
> 
> As a result, the project basically moves ahead on a contract basis. When 
> the founders can land a contract they have the opporunity to develop out 
> more modules of the project.
> 
> This project is in a catch-22 of sorts: if the product was complete, 
> there would be many more opportunities. The user base would 
> exponentially increase and commercial opporunities for consulting, 
> training and support would also increase. As some of this revenue would 
> go back into the project, it would basically be able to sustain itself 
> on its own for the long haul.
> 
> This, of course, is the classic problem of open source projects, and one 
> reason why the dual licensing model came about. You can always get 
> venture capital funding for a dual licensed open source project, but not 
> for a pure "community open source" one.
> 
> However, I have to ask if anyone has any recommendations for this 
> project. I've looked for open source funding foundations, but aside from 
> Mark Shuttleworth's organization for African-based projects, there are 
> none that I can find. I'm not interested in a dual license model either. 
> I know there are people on this list whose companies employ this model, 
> but as I've written elsewhere, in the long run I think it is bad for 
> open source.
> 
> Any suggestions or comments will be appreciated.
> 
> Regards,
> 
> Lajos
> 
> 
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