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Check out Enthought http://www.enthought.com/

They create some of the most used open source scientific computing software, and still manage to make money (also, a great place to work in, lots of really smart people)

While this model might not work for everywhere, its possible, it just takes more effort though.




>Check out Enthought http://www.enthought.com/ They create some of the most used open source scientific computing software, and still manage to make money (also, a great place to work in, lots of really smart people)

Sounds like an outlier that proves his rule. How many more companies make far more money each with proprietary products in that domain? Mathematica, Maple, Matlab, SPSS, ...

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