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Re: How do you go about "purchasing" an open source product?

__/ [ Lobo ] on Monday 27 March 2006 00:10 \__

> On Sat, 25 Mar 2006 06:19:24 +0000, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> __/ [ Lobo ] on Friday 24 March 2006 22:23 \__
>>> http://www.canopener.ca/
>>> 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
>>> http://lists.canopener.ca/pipermail/discuss/2006-March/002167.html
>> 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,
>> Roy
> The originator of the article was a teacher who wanted to return something
> to the open source community because he appreciated the software.
> Unfortunately, the bean counters at the school don't have a bookkeeping
> entry for donations. He not only helped the students but saved the school
> system money in the process. The world needs a new model to accommodate
> open source.

Right you are. I propose Heidi Klum. *smile*
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