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10 Ways to Make Money from Open Source Software! | The Linux Gamer

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Support the projects mentioned in this video:
https://www.patreon.com/elementary – elementary OS
https://community.ardour.org/donate – Ardour, a FOSS Digital Audio Workstation
https://www.patreon.com/Nekotekina – RPCS3, a FOSS PlayStation 3 emulator
https://www.patreon.com/pippin – GIMP Developer
https://www.patreon.com/icculus – Ryan C. Gordon “Icculus”
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28 thoughts on “10 Ways to Make Money from Open Source Software! | The Linux Gamer

  1. I always give Open-Source software my full support and recommendation to anyone and everyone wherever I possibly can. I like that people have the PWYW schemes so you're not forced to donate a certain amount, and can donate however much you want.

    I may give Elementary a go, I want to try move away from Linux Mint, but I also kinda wanna move away from Debian based systems like Arch Linux which is like RedHat but Slackware distro, building your own. Once I have my new PC setup I'm probably maybe gonna go with Arch Linux maybe, so I can have it the way I want it. cuz this new PC of mine I'm currently building is gonna be my new gaming rig which will be dual-booted with Windows 10 as a secondary OS, once that's up and running I'm gonna be streaming games on my Twitch channel. Pretty much all I need left is an SSD, 2 actually, M.2 NVMe, preferably 1TB, and a regular SSD, again 1TB which will house Windows OS, while Linux OS will go on the M.2 NVMe as my primary OS. It's difficult for me to find a decent price for 1TB NVMe and SSD's that aren't overly expensive and offer excellent performance.

  2. Stop saying that Wine is developed by Codeweavers, it's not. Codeweavers have their own fork of Wine they develop and sell, they pass patches back upstream to the Wine project. Two separate entities.

  3. Why earn money on stuff others spend huge amounts of hours producing and distributing for free? I know guys, who make open source software youtube vidz too, but they have a job to support themselves and their families.

  4. Hi Gardiner! I know you're a Trek fan, have you checked the Stage 9 project? We're recreating the Enterprise-D using Unreal Engine, and it's in part being created using Linux (Kubuntu, specifically). You can download the current Linux build at stage-9.co.uk 🙂

  5. I'd love to ask you to discuss with the community the topic of raising funds for Linux projects in general. I'm in the position where I need to find a viable alternative for Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign (I'm a graphic designer). The truth is – I'd love to migrate to Linux full time, so it would be very good to have those type of software available, but GIMP and Inkscape in their actual state aren't even taken seriously as professional tools.

    And here is the thought I had today in the morning – if there is so much people hating Windows 10, and if Linux is lacking software in its ecosystem, why is it so hard to raise enough money to develop those programs at full speed (and I mean reaaaaly speed it up? Improve UI/UX, workflow, features etc.)? Why I see a lot of people complaining about the state of Linux software in general, but doing nothing to change it?

    I would love to organise some kickstarter campaign, but I don't know anything about the fundraising and the legal stuff around it. For example, there is an alternative called Affinity Designer, which costs just about $50. It is available for Windows, Mac, but not for Linux. The developers and mods of their forum stated that they need AT LEAST $500k in order to make the port for Linux. And there is a question – why can't we get together as a community to make a change and take a huge, bold action, just like the above (kickstarter campaign) with huge marketing it through people just like you,? It could be GIMP, Inkscape, whatever – just making this first step in popularizing Linux through way faster development of the software. And then, the snowball will go and will get bigger.

    I'm writing this here because I believe that this channel has a huge potential to spark the discussion in the community. I'm not the best person to make something huge, that will move it forward. As you can see, I'm not even an English native speaker. Again, it could be even one-day event from every game streamer out there, where all of the donations from this day goes to chosen Linux project. Just saying.

    I'd be really aprreciated if this topic could be discussed on your channel.

    Thank you very much for your hard work and I really appreciate the content!

    Best regards,
    Krzysztof (just call me Chris 😉 )

  6. I always figured the best way to do it would be to charge for the software, and have the option to download the source code (or access it on git) for those who purchased it. Thoughts?

  7. Well, there are ads. Put them on the web site, have downloaders look at them when downloading you official version (which could be preferred as the most up-to-date and safest from tampering). Probably a small supplement for any but the largest projects, but it can get you a little something which can really help out when times get hard.

  8. Readers, please be aware of over-enthusiastic people trying to persuade you into doing something that you have never done before. Linux is an untamed beast which does not always recognize all hardware devices in a computer system. The reason is to write open drivers requires manufacturers to divulge technical information about their devices they may deem sensitive.

    If anyone wants to try Linux, consider it an adventure with plenty of hard times, keeping in mind that hard to achieve goals, often give higher levels of satisfaction.

  9. I love the perspective you have on coding where a job is just a means to improve a persons development skills. I bet this impresses the potential employer during the job interview as well.

  10. I use Elementary OS. It's awesome. Waiting for the official Juno 5.0 release. Rumor has it that it will be available any time soon.

    Love your excitement regarding linux in your vids

  11. I would love to get a job in the foss industry. Unfortunately, my background is in marketing. I never see jobs outside development which sucks.

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