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Money Money Money: Making software, in a rich (wo)man's world

Money Money Money: Making software, in a rich (wo)man's world

Free software advocates talk about two types of "Free": Free as in freedom, and Free as in beer. While Free (as in freedom) software is unquestionably better for users and developers alike, Free (as in beer) software doesn't pay the bills.

Talk to any prominent open source developer, and amongst the success stories, you'll also hear some consistent troubles - that they've got great ideas and grand plans, but no time to execute; that they're about to burn out due to the pressues of maintaining their project; or that they've had yet another mailing list discussion with someone who doesn't understand they're a volunteer. All of these problems stem from a fundamental disconnect: the discrepancy between the clear demand for a software product, and the ability to convert that demand into time needed to service that demand - and that means money.

So is there a way to pay the piper? Or is open source doomed to eek out an existence at the edges of "a real job"?

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Russell Keith-Magee

September 08, 2015
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  1. Money Money Money! Writing software in a rich (wo)man's world

    Dr Russell Keith-Magee DjangoCon AU 2015
  2. Money Money Money! Writing software in a rich (wo)man's world

    Dr Russell Keith-Magee DjangoCon AU 2015
  3. None
  4. None
  5. None
  6. PyXero

  7. Vested interests as a producer

  8. Vested interests as a consumer

  9. Absent of any other constraints, given equivalent resources, the free

    software approach produces vastly superior engineering outcomes than the closed-source approach.
  10. Absent of any other constraints, ‛given equivalent resources given equivalent

    resources“, the free software approach produces vastly superior engineering outcomes than the closed-source approach.
  11. The moral high road is littered with the corpses of

    our allies
  12. OpenSSL

  13. GnuPG

  14. Capistrano

  15. “ "Hi I'm an engineer at a well-funded company and

    we need this feature can someone implement it for free?" -- Every FOSS mailing list. ” Christophe Pettus (@xof)
  16. How do we pay the piper?

  17. Free software: Dream vs Realty

  18. Engagement

  19. A thought experiment

  20. Project or Product

  21. Projects

  22. Products

  23. Pragmatic Freedom

  24. Patches welcome

  25. Blaming the user

  26. 9 women can't make a baby in 1 month

  27. Cathedral and the Bazaar

  28. Homesteading the Noosphere The Magic Cauldron

  29. Use value vs Sale value

  30. Use value vs Sale value

  31. Use value vs Sale value

  32. Merchandise

  33. Documentation

  34. Training

  35. Productizing

  36. SaaS

  37. SaaS

  38. Access to developers

  39. Access to software

  40. Certification and Guarantees

  41. Certification and Guarantees

  42. Undermining your value proposition

  43. Undermining your value proposition

  44. Undermining your value proposition

  45. Cost to the community

  46. Indirect cost to the community

  47. Indirect cost to the community

  48. Land mines

  49. A question of scale

  50. A question of scale

  51. Horses for courses

  52. Do you have to sell something?

  53. “ "How to make money from open source" is like

    "How to make money from clean water" or public education or science. ” Pieter Hintjens (@hintjens)
  54. Crowdfunding

  55. Django Migrations Multiple Template engines django.contrib.postgres Django Rest Framework

  56. Bug bounties

  57. Bug bounties

  58. Working income

  59. Working income

  60. Grants Fellowships Patreon

  61. Django Fellow

  62. Blood from a stone

  63. Corporate sponsorship

  64. OpenStack

  65. node.js

  66. A cautionary tale

  67. A cautionary tale

  68. Venture funding

  69. Magic beans

  70. Developing a patronage culture

  71. Developing a patronage culture

  72. Resource needs

  73. Red Cross

  74. Red Cross

  75. Facilitating patronage

  76. Making it easy to spend money and receive money

  77. Wordpress

  78. Wordpress Ecosystem

  79. Wordpress Ecosystem

  80. A controversial proposal

  81. What if...

  82. Running the numbers

  83. Standing on the shoulders of giants

  84. Development grants

  85. Free passes

  86. Naysayers

  87. Tragedy of the commons

  88. Learn from the MPAA and RIAA

  89. Make it easy to do the right thing.

  90. Silver bullets

  91. Difficult conversations

  92. russell@keith-magee.com @freakboy3742 cecinestpasun.com