Friday, September 16, 2005

Programmers and Open Source

Open Source has created a revolution in the IT industry and everything about open source seems promising. There are, however, a few who claim that programmers are not going to make any money. But I don't think so.

My vision goes something like this:

If a startup wants to get into the software business, instead starting from scratch, they can take an open source project and work on it, they can focus their efforts on customizing their product to a specific market which makes it very efficient because a specialized package is far better than a generic.

They definitely have a head start and their costs are greatly reduced. They will make money by further customizing the software to their customers' needs, support, client training, consulting, etc. to name just a few services for revenue. Clearly they make money, and their expenses are minimal while programmers are happily employed.

After all, Open Source companies like Redhat make a lot of money of open source.



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