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There’s Still No Viable Open Source Business Model

Over the last 30 years, we’ve seen the rise of open source software and companies trying to make money out of it. But what’s the business model for open source software? How can an open source project become your full-time job and how can you make money at it? There’s a related question for the consumers of open source software, who want technical support and want to incentivize the development of new capabilities. One would think that a viable business model would be developed over the decades, but has it?

On-Premises for today’s roundtable:


Alex Ellis
Larry Smith
Calvin Hendryx-Parker
Ather Beg
Joep Piscaer
Host: Stephen Foskett

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Tom Hollingsworth

Tom Hollingsworth is a networking professional, blogger, and speaker on advanced technology topics. He is also an organizer for networking and wireless for Tech Field Day.  His blog can be found at

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