Open Source Questions


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Using Open Source software as a marketing tactic?

Is it a good idea to offer a less featured version of your software as open source as a marketing strategy? It obviously has worked well for companies like MySQL and wondering if it could work for...

asked Sep 9 '14 at 15:42
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Glenda Gregory
12 points

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Using open source projects to get more clients?

We are a new development consulting shop and figuring out how to get new clients. There is a lot of blog posts and talk about contributing to open source and it attracts potential clients.Has...

asked Jun 1 '14 at 15:25
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Bette Miller
14 points

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If your entire business is built upon open source, would it hurt valuations?

As some VCs might see that you didn't build any proprietary platform and just used existing open source projects available.

asked Mar 28 '14 at 13:56
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Anthony Bales
11 points

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Selling T-shirts and other branded items a good revenue source for open source projects?

I'm trying to figure out how to monetize my open source contributions on GitHub.Does anyone have any experience with selling branded shwag to people who use your repo?What other ways can I make...

asked Mar 2 '14 at 13:35
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Brian Daniels
45 points

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Making money from open source project?

I have a script that I have developed that I had a need for but nothing was available. Is it possible to make money from an open source product? How can I monetize it and why would people pay me...

asked Feb 8 '14 at 16:39
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Cao Tuyết Thanh
11 points

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What is bright journey built on? Is it open source?

Is this site build on an open source project? I tried searching on GitHub and couldn't find anything as clean and simple. Would be great if you can write a post showing how you built and with which...

asked Feb 6 '14 at 12:54
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Devraj Kulkarni
6 points

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Venues in which to promote a product as a teenager

I'm fifteen, and I just created a product. I've got the code done, but I have no experience with the actually marketing a product. So, how can I, as a teenager with no money, promote my project....


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How one can make money hosting open source software

I have read that for open source software developers, 3 common ways to make money are hosting, consulting, and support. I understand support and consulting but what is hosting? When I read...

asked Oct 14 '13 at 03:25
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Victor
137 points

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Using OSS libraries in my product - will that protect from patent litigation?

I am working on an innovative product that uses a GNU GPL licensed library and per GPL needs open-source my work as well. Could that protect me from patent litigation? I am worried since my former...


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Free [cloud] hosting for open source projects?

In around 3 months I'll be open-sourcing (BSD or LGPL) + launching my niche social platform—with web-app and mobile app frontends—built to scale. I am building it using Python and postgres; but...

asked Aug 26 '13 at 07:50
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A T
38 points

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Can I create open source out of an idea I voiced at my current employer after I quit?

Can I create open source out of an idea I voiced at my current employer after I quit? I've had this idea which would make the work my company does, and its competitors, more efficient. I voiced...

asked Jul 17 '13 at 10:45
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Btd
11 points

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537 Views
Ownership Issue of Open Source project when moving to VC funding

An open source project I designed & developed as my thesis in grad school has been continuing development through a non profit organization that hired me full time. Throughout my work there,...

asked Jul 4 '13 at 01:54
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Kim Prisin
16 points

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Need help to understand the pros and cons between open source vs closed source license for webapp?

I'd like to ask you for the help/advise to come out of the problem that came out recently in our group. We're working for 3-4 months on the web application similar to http://instagram.com/ or...

asked May 10 '13 at 22:06
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Igor
111 points

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How do I ask help and search people for contribution for my git/open source project

I am basically involved in wordpress site development but a self starter for rails. I want to transform my idea into a rail app and I am contributing it on git(at a very initial level this time),...

asked Feb 24 '13 at 21:24
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Swapnesh
113 points

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Release project as open source 'half done'

In the words of Scott Burnham, in 14 ways to get hacked, rule number 7. 'Release your work half done', I have a project that requires the 'iron to be struck whilst its hot' so to speak, but I don't...

asked Jan 26 '13 at 23:03
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Andrew Welch
167 points

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Can I use crowd-funding to switch to an open-source model?

I am the technical founder of a 4-years-old startup. After two rounds of funding with small European VCs, some very good customers (government agencies, big retail customer, ...), a unique product...

asked Dec 13 '12 at 07:34
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Math
111 points

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Open-source pirates

Are there any well-known cases of open source piracy? By that I mean cases where a developer releases their project with an open source license and someone else takes their product and markets it...

asked Nov 17 '12 at 06:02
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Ted.Strauss
123 points

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1 Answers
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FLOSS licensing: should I force copyleft notice in footer?

I'm developing a fairly large web-application with a public-facing JSON REST API, mobile apps for every platform (using AngularJS with Apache Cordova) and specialised e-commerce configurable by...


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Does building upon open source software affect company valuation positively?

Most startups and quick-risers promoted publicly are building intellectual property on top of open source software stacks. Aside from avoiding upfront investments towards license, is there any...

asked Oct 5 '12 at 03:49
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Ronaldwidha
106 points

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Opensource vs custom development strategy

The possible advantages of using something like Drupal is a dev time-saver. But if we were to develop a minimum viable product / proof of concept / prototype using Drupal, other developers could...

asked Oct 16 '12 at 23:51
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Gyrostu
6 points