17 Aug 2001 larsu   » (Journeyer)

In my quest to convince the Pointy Haired Bosses that open sourcing our new accounting app is a good thing, I came across an inportant discovery. I don't need to estimate the amount of support revenue that the GPL'd product will bring in. For GPL'ing the software to increase revenue, it just needs to bring in more support dollars than you will lose in licensing fees. Given that we've always went after a niche market, this is almost a certainty.

If anyone wants it, here is a great paper by Paul Everitt of Digital Creations (Zope) about why they open-sourced their product. It's a wonderful paper that makes a very strong business case... I'm surprised I hadn't come across it before.

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