A new business is like a shortwave radio. You have to fiddle patiently with all the dials until you get the reception you want
All donations US$10 and over permit the donor to display the “Friend of SOFA” logo on their website, presentations, etc
One year subscription US$50 (discounted to $40 till 31 March 2011)
Subject: Thanks for supporting SOFA
Hi ..., Thank you so much for your donation. It is a great encouragement to me and for the project. Please find attached two logos which you are free to use. And please find attached some bonus themes as a small thank you. The bonus themes go in your css folder under your username e.g. C:\Users\username\sofastats\css. Once you restart SOFA you will see them in a list:
If you have any feedback on the program, or issues you need resolved, please feel free to contact me. There is also a community discussion group at https://sourceforge.net/projects/sofastatistics/. And if you like SOFA, I would encourage you to vote for it at https://sourceforge.net/projects/sofastatistics/ (just add a brief review with thumbs up) or http://freecode.com/projects/sofa-statistics (thumbs up on right side of page in heartbeat section) All the best, Grant Paton-Simpson Lead Developer SOFA Statistics
One year subscription US$75 (discounted to $50 till 31 March 2011)
SOFA Statistics is completely free and you can use it without restriction on as many machines as you like. The application is released under the open source AGPL3 licence.
The main ways you can support the project are by:
Another great way of supporting us is by purchasing our very affordable commercial support package for only US$50/year. In addition to support, you receive other benefits for free, such as extra chart/report table themes.
And if there are particular features you need that are not currently available, we can always discuss the possibility of a commission payment to have them developed, or to have them developed more quickly.
Selling peace of mind and safety (plus themes and company promotion/pride).
Acquia sells simplification and quality assurance and official/authentic status.
Another interesting example of commercial success around a "pure" FOSS project is Drupal, originally developed about 10 years ago as the centerpiece of Dries Buytaert's Ph.D. research. About two years ago, Acquia was started to provide a supported distribution of Drupal with commercial support and now hosting for Drupal projects (drupalgardens). With so many themes and modules being developed for Drupal, many of which are free, we are now seeing new Drupal distros spring up, in much the same way that Linux distros sprung up in the 1990's. The various distros package a "trusted" collection of modules and themes, which work across all community and commercial versions of a specific version of Drupal, e.g.,Drupal 6.x. The recent Drupalcon in San Francisco had about 3000 registrants, hundreds of sessions, and about 20 vendors of Drupal training and professional services. The registration fee averaged about $200, so that added up to some significant revenue, along with some very substantial expenses from holding the event in Moscone Center, the same place that Oracle holds their OpenWorld event with 40,000 attendees. Even with all of this commercial activity, anyone can go to drupal.org, freely download the community edition with any desired modules and themes, and participate as a member of the Drupal community, contributing to the project in many different ways.
Aquia Run by Drupal founder. Because of large community which itself profits from Drupal, has to avoid appearance of blatant competition with that community FAQ - Does Acquia compete with developers and consultants for web development projects?.
Being the founder (and chief developer) gives you a unique selling proposition
Aim different messages at different audiences:
Moodle sells “official” status to partner businesses
Those officially listed as a Moodle Partner, contribute ten per cent of sales to continue the progress of the Moodle project. Moodle founder and lead developer Martin Dougiamas is the Managing Director of Moodle Pty Ltd, located in Perth, Australia. The company currently employs 15 staff members, including eight developers.
Make it much easier to run automated scripts.
"When talking to the user base, I've found there are two types of users. Those that like to get their hands dirty, writing scripts, make modules. Nothing commercial would make them happy. If we continue adding features, but not [turn Metasploit] into a real product, they would be happy."
The second type is one that, for a variety of reasons, would like to make Metasploit easier to use and is willing to pay for that. They might be IT folks who are too busy to spend time customizing their penetration testing tool; they might lack the development know how; they might be security researchers or others in charge of testing tens of thousands of machines that "simply don’t have the time to run tools by hand."
We don't guarantee them or otherwise vouch for their work. We only say that we receive 10% from them to feed the source project (see Moodle partner scheme) and promote them on the official SOFA Statistics website.
Better to have partners than no slice of the action.
The message to businesses based on your products must be - don't destroy the upstream ecosystem you rely on. Give something back.
It could even be argued that it is more fair, and better for project longevity, if aggregators and system integrators subcontract to the developers who make the original software in the first place.
I see the aggregation model as a supermarket style business. When I shop at at supermarket, I expect that they will take a (small) cut from everything I buy, in return to dealing with many suppliers, bringing all the items I want to all to one place for me and providing a car park and shopping trolleys. I expect that most of the economic value will go back to the companies that produced the products. OpenLogic and a couple of their competitors have a valid opportunity for a supermarket-style business. It's just that they seem to hope that open source, as a new market, allows the notion of a supermarket that keeps virtually all the money and doesn't reimburse suppliers. That's a destructive model that can't survive in the long term. There are more sustainable routes to aggregation. A number of global SIs offer support contracts to customers that include aggregation services and, in order to provide the quality of support enterprise customers need, subcontract to various open source companies. In other words, they don't aim to keep all the money for the goods in the supermarket, and they price in the provision of real support.
Certainly, only the original developers can guarantee code commits to the core project.
But if you are not a large company, the realistic approach is to gain something from partners rather than get nothing.
Dokuwiki seems to want nothing in return: Professional DokuWiki Support and Consulting
I've got a few friends down here who have built a business around taking online products to market, and basically doing all the sales and marketing that's required - all they need is a product that they can sell, and they work it all based on commission (as opposed to a fee etc up front).
Donate US$35 or more and you will be identified as a Friend of Eclipse for 1 year. Benefits include:
From Elizabeth: I also suggest you use the p-s website to plug how you can use and customise SOFA for clients.
We could explicitly mention that we are willing to discuss bounties etc with interested parties e.g. $5,000 for the addition of major functionality - perhaps that required by a business integrator making a killing off our product .
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