RE: A guide to earning an income from a Free and Open Source project

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as my experiance in non profit collective searching cash eat cash more you search more your pore and its eat your energy/time too.

for me the best way its to let the cash come by volontairy donations on specific need
ex: we need hosting ---poup oh i can host from my house
ex : we need to get/buy a server .....poup some one send a server

that my personal vision but ils got his fast limitations

Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2011 11:24:00 -0800
From: t.maiden@xxxxxxx
Subject: Re: A guide to earning an income from a Free and Open Source project
To: slitaz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

The author of this document by following these methods actually alienated his entire programming group!  DamnSmall hasn't had a new release for several years and probably won't again.  Its essentially dead.  I think the programmers went off to do Tiny Core.  Its a very active release although its difficult to figure out how to make the apps you install "persistant".

--- On Fri, 2/11/11, Rohit Joshi <rj.rohit@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Rohit Joshi <rj.rohit@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: A guide to earning an income from a Free and Open Source project
To: slitaz@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Date: Friday, February 11, 2011, 12:52 PM

Hi Ikem,

Thanks for pointng out to a very relevant information source. This is an important question: how do we create a financial model that can support atleast 1-2 core people full time for atleast 1-2 years in future? The article list the following ways:

* Passive Earnings
  -- Advertisement (Google ads, or promote an technology item/book/training program etc)
  -- Donations using PayPal, Google Checkout, Checks, Bank order
* Active Earnings 
 -- Selling your software on CDs and USBs
 -- Selling related Merchandise
 -- Selling custom software to private ventures (e.g. Enligthenment WM on Samsung phones)
 -- Selling consulting (great model for server side or web based applications such as database management or forum software)

I think we have tried many of these listed techniques atleast to some extent. DSL may have been successful but we, unofrtunately, have never been successful to generate enough money to even pay for our own hosting space :-). We probably need to brainstorm on more novel ways of supporting our team.

 How about tapping in financial gifts/grants/support from government agencies and non-profit organizations around the world such as WHO, UNICEF, Universities and teaching institutions? We have a growing community around the world and custom-tailored SliTaz can appeal to many non-profit or non-govermmental organizations?

In US, another good way of getting a substantial amount of donations is to get registered as 501(c)(3) charitable organization so that donations are tax-deductible (e.g. . Not sure if there is something equivalent of 501(c)(3) in Europe?


On Fri, Feb 11, 2011 at 10:54 AM, Ikem Krueger <ikem.krueger@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I've found this guide here.* Maybe it's interesting for you.


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