Subject: Re: commercial / proprietary
From: (David N. Welton)
Date: 23 Feb 2005 16:46:12 +0100

Alan Hudson <> writes:

> David N. Welton wrote:

> >I think IBM has played the open source game masterfully, but my
> >interest in this particular thread lies with open source products
> >created to directly make money for a company.  Perhaps that's just
> >"looking at things wrong"...

> I'm not sure what level of success your looking for, but I'll post
> the example I know the best.

Making money from it (and have "paid back" the time spent building

> My company, Yumetech, has several open source products in the
> market, mostly focused on real-time 3D graphics.  All of them have
> been open source from the beginning. We've been around for 4 years
> and maintained 3-5 employees during that time.  So nothing large,
> but a good business from my view. We get most of our revenue from
> custom application development using our codebases.  Primarily in
> the government and military sectors. We've gotten some grant money,
> about 10% of our revenue.  We actively submit about 3-5 grant
> proposals per year to mostly american grant
> agencies(NSF,NIH,NIST...)

Cool, that sounds like a good example.  You could probably get some
mileage out of your story if you wrote it up.  It sounds like an
interesting case study.  I would be interested to hear how you decided
to create and release the products as open source rather than some
other licensing scheme.

Thankyou for your time,
David N. Welton

Apache, Linux, Tcl Consulting