Kick Start to Open Source


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Introduction to Open Source software and How to make revenue from Open Source Software.

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Kick Start to Open Source

  1. 1. Kick Start to Open Source Tharindu Dassanayake
  2. 2. What is a Source? <ul><li>Source refers to source code, the human readable
  3. 3. version of what makes a program run. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Open Source <ul><li>Free for use
  5. 5. Pay for the maintenance and support </li></ul>Closed Source <ul><li>Pay for use
  6. 6. Pay for the maintenance and support </li></ul>
  7. 7. FREE means not the COST Four Freedoms 0: The freedom to run the program, for any purpos 1: The freedom to study how the program works, and adapt it to your needs 2: The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbour 3. The freedom to improve the program, and release your improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits.
  8. 8. Pros and Cons
  9. 9. Open Source Pros <ul><li>Larger Developer Support
  10. 10. Customizable
  11. 11. Extended Comunity Support </li></ul>Cons <ul><li>No guarantee of updates </li></ul>
  12. 12. Closed Source Pros <ul><li>Less Confussion for Coustomers
  13. 13. Unified Experience
  14. 14. More Profitable </li></ul>Cons <ul><li>Have to pay
  15. 15. Can not Make customized changes to it </li></ul>
  16. 16. Business Models for Open Source
  17. 17. Donations <ul><li>It’s more typical of individuals or non-profit </li></ul>groups running an Open Source project. <ul><li>Implement a Paypal donations button on
  18. 18. your main site.
  19. 19. Run a Kicstarter or IndieGoGo campaign. </li></ul> Companies sell product, and Beggars take donations
  20. 20. Merchandise <ul><li>More typical of individuals or non-profits.
  21. 21. T-shirts, coffee mugs, squeezy toys and so on.
  22. 22. Cafe Press to make and sell your merchandise. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Consulting and Training <ul><li>Work-for-hire is a simple and direct way to get money from your Open Source product.
  24. 24. Different features, integration with their existing software.
  25. 25. You can get paid at an hourly rate or at a fixed rate for delivery of the functionality. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Product Ware <ul><li>Software is free.
  27. 27. You just buy the box it runs in. </li></ul>
  28. 28. License Exemptions <ul><li>“ Dual licensing” or “Commercial licensing”.
  29. 29. First, you must have a restrictive license,
  30. 30. and you must have copyright on all of the software.
  31. 31. Second, you must have software that’s useful to
  32. 32. third-party developers.
  33. 33. AGPL is good for this for Web sites, and GPL is
  34. 34. good for libraries or development tools. </li></ul>
  35. 35. Software as a Service (SaaS) <ul><li>Especially for software that can be used over the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>(like a Web application), the software-as-a-service model
  36. 36. can be really valuable. </li></ul>
  37. 37. Control of Audience <ul><li>One great way to make money with Open Source
  38. 38. software is to use it as a conduit for a proprietary
  39. 39. service.
  40. 40. Firefox; Mozilla derives tens of millions of dollars of
  41. 41. annual revenue from their Open Source browser by
  42. 42. selling the space as the default home page to Google. </li></ul>
  43. 43. Find Your Own But.. You shouldn’t go into a new startup without at least thinking of all these options.
  44. 44. Thank You [email_address]