Glad to see my latest post resonating with many members of the open source community.

If you missed it, take a look:

How to pay your rent with your open source project

@markosaric I think subtitle 4 has no place there. If you charge for closed source parts, it is not open source product, it is open source teaser

@meka it can still be done having fully open source product. standard notes is a good example that i pay for myself. it's fully open source and you can get the basic for free but you have to pay for premium features. i think it's an ok method for specific situations

@markosaric I agree, but then you're not selling open source or to be precise, "paying your rent with open source". You're paying it with closed source, which is contradicting the title.

Don't get me wrong, I know some/most projects have to do that, it's just wrong for this particular title/context. I think better example is ardour: "If you can compile it yourself, go ahed, but for binary you have to pay".

@markosaric I only quickly scanned over the article, but, I didn't see any mention of actually charging for the software besides SaaS. I agree SaaS and paid hosting plans are probably the best choices for web apps, software, or online services. But a business model like Microsoft had with Windows isn't terrible.

@jordan31 true, i didn't include that one. focused on those i believe are most relevant and have best chances of helping projects become sustainable.

don't see many examples of that business model anymore. i guess most software these days is in the cloud and it is not sustainable to sell it with one off pricing model as it makes it difficult to sustain development in the long run

@markosaric Sadly, yes. But I can't see how sponsorships and donations are sustainable.

@jordan31 true, it's not easy. there are some projects that do well with sponsorships/donations and i listed a few. it's also one of the few ways to make money from self-hosted projects. for instance we now have the self-hosted Plausible analytics and asking for donation is probably the only way to fund that unless there's something i'm not thinking about...

@markosaric I think your post about funding software development might also help #freeculture creators too.
@Liberapay is another donations platform for creatives to consider.

@NylaWoethief thanks for your feedback and nice examples! i didn't think of hardware sales!

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