Wednesday November 29th, 2000
Ben Bucksch writes in with news of a new Mozilla distribution, Beonex. Ben hopes to implement LDAP synchronization and offer commercial support for this Open Source end-user-focused distribution of Mozilla. Check out the posting to the n.p.m.announce newsgroup for more information, or visit the Beonex website.
#16 Re: Making money off this?
Wednesday December 6th, 2000 10:12 AM
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You don't need to do *anything* in order to charge for Mozilla tech support, not even change default preferences. You don't need to have written a single piece of code. For that matter, you could sell the software for $100 a copy, no problem.
(And hey... on ebay, that might work, you know? people will buy anything...)
That's what the license says.
One of the basic facts of open source software is that there is no legal, required connection between the work done, and any financial gain. (There may be a vague connection in that, for example, if you wrote the software you are best placed to offer tech support - but if it turns out that somebody else can do tech support better or cheaper than you can, then that's that.)
If you work on open source software, you must be willing to accept this.
Especially on "true open source" (where anybody can use the source, even in commercial software) like Mozilla, various people you might not approve of can happen from the work; for instance, Microsoft could integrate Mozilla into the next version of Windows...