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Should Your Startup Use Open Source Software?

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Open source software is awesome, and it’s free. What more do you need to know? In all actuality, there’s a lot to consider when thinking about what software to use in your startup. Do you go with open source or proprietary? Maybe Google can help.

Chris DiBona, Director of Open Source at Google, is interviewed by Don Dodge about how your startup should use open source software. It’s a given that you should use open source and perhaps contribute as well, but there are tricks to doing it correctly, so that you can scale, so you don’t run into legal trouble and so that you can be acquired.

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  • KnowBetter

    So much inaccuracy in the article that I didn’t even watch the video.
    For instance open source software is not always free, being free has nothing to do with open-source actually. Using open source software will also have no impact on whether your company gets purchased etc.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      My understanding of open source is that the software derived from open source code is free to distribute among end users. Corporations using open source software, such as Ubuntu, can pay Canonical for consulting services, but it’s still free to use the software. Startups might not need this support, and could use open source software without paying any royalties or license fees. Of course, I’m willing to admit that I could be wrong, and I will update my story if new information is made available. Just telling me that I’m wrong doesn’t help me correct my story though.

      As for the statement of open source software playing a role in the likelihood of acquisition, those are Google’s words, not mine. You’ll have to take those claims up with them.

  • http://www.graciousstore.com Nina

    I think using an open source softwares within the legal requirements for start up is great as it helps to reduce star-up cost for small bueinesses

  • http://www.pressethiopiatours.com Ermias

    My understanding of open source is that the software derived from open source code is free to distribute among end users. Corporations using open source software, such as Ubuntu, can pay Canonical for consulting services, but it’s still free to use the software. Startups might not need this support, and could use open source software without paying any royalties or license fees. Of course, I’m willing to admit that I could be wrong, and I will update my story if new information is made available. Just telling me that I’m wrong doesn’t help me correct my story though.

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