SourceForge Adopts eBay-like Sales Model for Open-Source SoftwareBy Steven Vaughan-Nichols | Print
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SourceForge Marketplace is designed to make it much easier for business users to find and buy the support they need for open-source programs.One question that people who don't know how open-source businesses work is: "How do you make money from open-source software?" SourceForge.net has a new answer to that question: sell services and support to customers using an eBay like market.
SourceForge.net, with millions of monthly visitors, is already one of the world's largest Web sites for open-source development and distribution. What it didn't have, though, was any way for its uses to cash in on their open-source projects. On Dec. 6, that changed forever. Today, SourceForge launched an online marketplace for technology professionals to buy and sell service and support for open-source software.
SourceForge.net Marketplace launches with more than 600 service listings. Some major projects offering service and support include: OpenBravo, JasperSoft, Zenoss, Compiere, Firebird, Nagios and Spring Framework. The platform, which is tightly integrated into the SourceForge.net Web site, has been heavily tested in closed and open beta cycles since May.
SourceForge, according to Rudolph, "has been working on Marketplace for over a year. We started an open beta in mid-May. In the process of getting the software right, we also got the Marketplace shelves stocked. So, as Marketplace opens today, there's a nice selection of slightly under 700 open-source programs, including many top products, available for users."
"For integrated management services, it's clear that our customers want a consolidated place to buy both software and services," said Bill Karpovich, CEO and co-founder of Zenoss, an integrated open-source server and network management company. "Having them seamlessly connected is a real value add. SourceForge's Marketplace is a great addition to their work with open-source projects, because you can get the support and services you need as soon as you find the open source software you want. Marketplace is a great addition to the SourceForge site, and we're very excited to be a part of it," Karpovich said in a statement.
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