SourceForge Adopts eBay-like Sales Model for Open-Source Software
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.
"The demand for support around open source software continues to grow," said Mike Rudolph, vice president and general manager of SourceForge.net and a former senior eBay executive. "We're extending what is already the world's most open and transparent open-source hub to allow technology professionals to buy packaged support directly from the creators of the software."