A few articles on the topic of how to sustain development of free/libre software caught my attention lately:
- Sourceforge adjusted its DevShare program (kudos to them for listening to the comments of its user base and change the program)
- Mozilla to deliver ads in its Firefox browser (while Mozilla Foundation’s announcement gives it a different spin)
- A venture capitalist and entrepreneurs shares his thoughts on The Economics Of Open Source
It’s a hard problem, especially when you compare the revenues of a Red Hat selling “free as in freedom” software with the insane amount of money that can be made developing software that enslaves and sells users to advertisers. On the other hand, I know of a good amount of people making a living (and saving for the rainy days) while respecting users freedoms.