Over at thinkingphp.org Felix has written an article for the digg masses with the misleading title “5 Innovative Ways Open Source Can generate Money!”. Misleading, because he doesn’t describe 5 ways, and most ways he describes are not that innovative.
Nonetheless, it is an interesting question how an open-source project can make some money to pay its bills (server infrastructure, internet connectivity, domains, etc.). Here some possible ways (the first three are from the aforementioned article):
- Paid support
- Writing articles/books
- Providing some commercial services (e.g. private subversion repository on CakeForge)
Not really worldshaking, isn’t it? But anyway, the difficult part is to find the right mix for your project, and to implement it in a way it fits your project.