Panels / Economy & Labour / Business and the Commons / Roland Alton-Scheidl / abstract


We have seen various constellations for making business in the OSS sector. Many programming experts and maintainers of open source projects sell their know-how per hour. Others are creating packages and distribute them, developing a marketing vehicle for full-service contracts. At Linuxwochen 06 we have seen quite a number of companies, putting the configuration tools in a proprietary shell and charging license fees per seat.

Open source developers either never issue an invoice or try to survive as micro or small enterprises. The development of networks has grown from informal regional Linux user groups to lobbying organisations at the chamber of commerce. But co-operation in bigger projects is often perceived as awkward or ends up in a nightmare, both for the suppliers and the customers. The open source sector needs to develop co-operative business structures to become competitive. Such organisations must be based on a statute, a management board, a controlling board and requires democratic decision making. We'll be presenting the approach of OSalliance.com and will try to find suitable perspectives for further organisational development.

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