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I am just surprised that in 2013 we are still having this discussion.

There are several ways "to make money with OS"; Service-based models (like support), Dual-licensing models (think Qt, MySQL, etc), Community vs "Enterprise" packaging, Extensions to popular packages, Consulting, Platform ownership, etc etc etc. Why such big surprise?!?

Hacker News and the Harvard Business Review aren't really the same "we."

I don't think it's a huge surprise, I just think that there is a lack of understanding for a lot of people. Articles that may encourage more open source are always welcome in my books :)

It's certainly possible, but for many people, it's an added obstacle. I've been doing open source since 1997, and love it, but it's so much more difficult to find a way to make money off it than simply selling some product or service.

That said, if you're not using open source software as part of your infrastructure, keeping only the 'crown jewels' proprietary, you're probably doing it wrong.

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