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Re: [libreplanet-discuss] [fossil-users] [OT] Who's interested in projec

From: Ramana Kumar
Subject: Re: [libreplanet-discuss] [fossil-users] [OT] Who's interested in project management & collaboration tools? And...
Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2012 18:29:17 +0100

Assuming Patrick's description of Miles's business plan is correct, I
want to add that I think it is an interesting and inspiring model for
selling free software.
Does anyone know if it has been tried or described before?
It's a nicer version, perhaps, of the "Sell it, Free it" model
described at

On Fri, Aug 10, 2012 at 6:23 PM, Patrick Anderson <> wrote:
> Mark Holmquist wrote:
>> there's a dollar amount sitting between binary and source,
> He is keeping the binaries and source bundled together,
> but is only distributing those *bundles* to people who pay.
> To some, the word 'code' is synonymous with 'source',
> but sometimes programmers (such as Miles) use the
> word 'code' to mean 'binary'.
> For example:
> "free to further distribute all source and binary code"
>> "pay $X more for the source code during alpha and beta".
> This should probably read:
> "pay $X more for the binary+source during alpha and beta".
> What Miles is doing is temporarily withholding the bundles
> of binary+source from the general public; only distributing
> them to people who actually pay.
> Those who pay could also distribute their copies
> This is a strategy to get people to pay *early* for work that
> is not yet complete.
> Paying before production is a profoundly important step
> toward solving the mystery of how to compensate those
> who want to build a Libre Planet.

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