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Old 05-01-2019, 02:05 PM   #1
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PNF: Making Money with Free Software


Some old by still relevant PNF documentation:
https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...o-pnf-a-37402/


Despite notices stating otherwise in my code (left there from before), I'm actually undecided about which lisence to use for PNF and related tools.

Here is your chance to convince me that I need to make it GNU Public Liscense...

...But really now, I need to decide between a custom liscense which I will have to design by myself, or the GNU Public Liscense.

Known advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages of Custom Liscense:[LIST]
[/[*]Know I can make money by selling[*]Can control it in order to make it GNU later.[*]Can start a new form of software
LIST]

Disadvantages of Custom Liscense:[LIST]
[/[*]Do not know how to enforce[*]Not using well written liscence
LIST]

Advantages of GNU Public Liscense:[LIST]
[/[*]Using well written liscence[*]Can enforce easily
LIST]

Disadvantages of Custom Liscence:[LIST]
[/[*]Do not know how to make money with it
LIST]

If anybody has advantages or disadvantages of either, please post them. Also, please tell me what are some ways, if any, to make money from the work I've done if I do decide to make it GNU Public Liscence. Thanks!

P.S. - Working on making compile with Mandriva Linux 2010.1 (elf distribution).
 
Old 05-01-2019, 04:55 PM   #2
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https://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq...eGPLAllowMoney
and, on the link therein
https://www.gnu.org/philosophy/selling.html

In short, the way to make money with the GPL is to sell your software...charge money for it.
 
Old 05-01-2019, 06:02 PM   #3
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If you distribute your software using the GPL or BSD licence and charge for it, then if I need it and can afford it, I will pay you money (as I have done in the past with other software) and use it. If I don't need your software then I won't pay you and I won't use it.

If you don't use either the GPL or BSD licence then I won't use your software (and, of course, I won't pay you).

That's one potential user's opinion.

Last edited by fido_dogstoyevsky; 05-01-2019 at 06:03 PM. Reason: Clarification
 
Old 05-03-2019, 12:29 PM   #4
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Well, I definitely decided to go ahead and use the free liscences all the way around. I've finally done enough studying that I know how to apply them to my programs.

I now have a precompiled binary version that runs on 32-bit elf Linux. Hopefully 64-bit Linux programs are backwards compatible meaning that they can run 32-bit software...

To make it simple, for now, I'll offer it for free, but I may charge for it later. It's the HTML/Java/JavaScript coding standing in the way of charging for it, but that's ok.

In my case, I'd need to have a very special store in order to charge for it...

Check out my website being developed about the language now: http://smileynet001.ddns.net:81/~pnf
 
Old 05-03-2019, 12:31 PM   #5
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P.S. - I knew you "could" charge, I just wasn't sure anybody would pay for it. But after at least one reply, saying somebody "might", I can be confident that maybe there's just enough that would.
 
Old 05-03-2019, 12:35 PM   #6
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It will now be released within days if I can. Keep in mind though, that I'm sure even though it's been thouroughly tested, that it probably has uncaught bugs and stuff. Plus, this is the first version. So even though I find it useful already, it's possible that nobody else will without changes and more features. But it has taken 15 years to get this far, because I had to learn how to create languages. It will not take as long at all to add more features, but it's almost as complicated as an OS, except is an App.
 
Old 05-03-2019, 12:36 PM   #7
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No mark as solved in this thread, otherwise I would.
 
  


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