rajendran wrote on Thu, Apr 01, 2004 at 12:00:43PM +0530:
| So, if I write software SO GOOD that it doesn't need support at all,
| OR if I write software, get done with it, and move on onto a different
| product, closing the previous one down, or onto a different field
| itself like beekeeping or horticulture,
The coolest thing (cool for the software :) maybe not you :) ) with
open source/free software is that the software becomes better even
without your (your == the author of the software) knowing. Someone
might have added a performance enhancement fix. Someone might have
added a nice new feature that the author never thought about.
BUT, there will as well be someone who *wants* a new feature. That new
feature might not be a part of the roadmap that you plan for the
software you write. But if he badly needs it written, he will pay it
and get it done.
Most such LAMP related work in India happens this way. Someone wants
to have a CMS for their company's whatever. If they are happy with
merely a drupal, well and good for them. but when they are not, they
either come to a "professional" open source software company that can
hack drupal to work the way they want it. OR they can simply hire a
Its more like plumbing your water supply system. :) Just because every
other non-open-source comapny makes a hell a lot of cash, dont assume
your open source business should do the same as well.
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| officially wed when they took off their sandals and handed them to each other