__/ [ Lobo ] on Friday 24 March 2006 22:23 \__
> Canadian Open Source Education and Research
> Purchasing and Open Source Projects
> I'll give a particular example: we've been using pdfcreator to solve a
> thorny issue for a number of months now. It's an open source success
> story: a free program works better (for our use case) than the ones we
> paid several thousand dollars for. Three cheers for us, and for the
> taxpayer. Now how do we spread that benefit to the developers who
> created the fine program (well, collection of programs) that allows us
> to do so much with so little?
> Full discussion thread at
Sometimes, joining the team and helping enhance the product (it is Open
Source after all) is a way of giving back. In turn, it is the benefactor
that helps yet another business.
Otherwise, payment can be made in the form of donations.
My 2 cents,
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