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Who can NOT afford Open Source Software?

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I just read an interesting article (, where a maker of school administration software (I’m thinking like Blackboard?) in Italy thinks:

you must either have a big organization that supports the development of that software, or be yourself a big company that can afford to make money also in other ways.

It really makes me sad that this business owner has reached this particular conclusion. I’m not familiar with this product, of course, and I don’t speak Italian, but I imagine that the owner is selling licenses and guaranteeing support, etc. as a sole proprietor or with a couple of employees. He has his code in a vault, and is spending time on development and (likely the biggest time sink) support.

Imagine now, if you will:

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