I loved this line from TechDirt, reporting on Flat World Knowledge's (FWK) $8 million round of funding. FWK is an "open-source textbook provider," with Wikipedia-style transparency and editability, but it's demonstrating that open source is about much more than free:
Flat World Knowledge, of course, is using free properly -- as a part of a larger business model where scarcities are charged for, but infinite goods are given away freely.
Bingo. Open-source business models, including Red Hat's, have never been about giving everything away and praying for charity. Rather, they've always been about driving … Read more