"I'm thinking to open-source my app, what's your advice?"

1. Becoming sustainable by relying on donations is tough. Find a better monetization method.

2. Think carefully about the license you want to use. There are risks associated with a permissive license.

3. Go for it!

Trying to fund full-time work on a project is not in and of itself evil, it's all in the details. We should improve society somewhat.

Do you even know what @markosaric and Uku Täht are building with @plausible ?
@katie I do think that "do something else" is a perfectly valid answer among many to @markosaric 's suggestion to find "a better monetization method".

Many frameworks are founded and maintained by some random team that was/are building some service that needed a framework like that and there wasn't a suitable one already out there.
@katie I literally don't see the difference. If I think the world needs something, of course I would be happy to find a way I can work on it full time. If I already know a sustainable model from the beginning, even better. That's the only difference.
@katie People are coming to him and asking about open source and his answer is that you probably can't rely on donations, you need to consider your license and you should go for it. That's the whole post. He's not asking anything.

Your "that seems to be your priority" paragraph seems like you're reading something more into it, but I admit that could be *me* reading too much into *your* comment. I get a bit testy if I share something and my circles seem to act unfairly toward the person whose post I shared; I feel responsible.

It sounds condescending to me, and I don't think that's fair to a team that in interviews sound like they get it and are trying to do the right thing and find a way to make it work.

@markosaric I like your model of opensource self hosted + paid hosted.

I know you're using AGPL, and I had a super quick look at your source... looks like all your subscription logic is included in your published source - in compliance with AGPL.

This seems somehow unfair for you. Like if someone wanted to use plausible for their own SaaS business they should at least have to write their own subscription logic.

I would have thought there would be other more ideal licensing options?

@levi agpl seems to be the best open source license for these purposes at the moment. would be nice if there was something even better but it works for us as it is. i wrote more about this here

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