Open-source projects such as Linux, Apache, MySQL and others have reduced the barriers of time and costs needed to develop high quality products or services.
Yet, generating the scale and traction those projects have is very hard and rarely happens. If we can support open-source on a more consistent basis, We could have many more such projects and improve the software development process .
Only 7% of open-source projects are actively maintained.
Those are all open-source projects who successfully integrated a commercial element in order to prosper as a business and offer a high-quality product that with a strong foundation, otherwise known as Commercial Open-Source.
Commercial open-source is complimentary to free open-source in the same way that commercial businesses compliment not-for-profits. Both serve a specific sector and operate under a specific ideology, and together balance the market and are symbiotic to each other.
If you contribute to a open-source project while working at full-time somewhere else, or have mature code you'd love to share but can't find the time or motivation, commercial open-source might provide the support structure you need to work on your own projects:
We want to drive the open-source industry forwards. We built a platform called Binpress to support monetization and sustainability for open-source projects.
We handle the parts of building an open-source business most developers try to avoid:
Top publishers on Binpress make silicon-valley comparable salaries ( > $100k$ annually) selling commercial licenses.
Not every project gets in - we curate submissions to make sure they comply with coding standards and best practices, while solving a real-world problem. Our goal is to create an inventory of the best solutions for every common need in software development. Please go over the publishing guidelines before submitting a component for review.
If you have or can produce quality code, we want to motivate you to share it. You'll open yourself a new revenue channel, and other developers can benefit from your code to accelerate their projects and reduce their costs. Help open-source become a viable business.Become A Binpress Publisher Have a question? Don't hesitate to ask
I just wrapped up what I thought would be a quick visit to Binpress. In the end I spent over an hour I shouldn't have just looking around. (Yes, it's that good a site.) I really think [the Binpress] team have hit on something that's been missing for both software developers and their potential customers.~ Edward Kolagic, N.E. Structured Systems Inc.
Binpress is a discovery service and marketplace for source-code components. We add a commercial layer over open-source and promote component based development that reduces the time and costs of software development.
Every component published on our marketplace is curated by our developers to meet coding standards and best practices. Please review our publishing guidelines before considering to publish a component. You can always contact us regarding specific component ideas and discuss it with us.
Recent successes of combining a commercial element with open-source code in order to create a sustainable business around it (such as MySQL, Magento and flavors of Linux), prompted the emergence of dual-licensed or commercial open-source projects. Those projects are run like a business and can provide excellent results over time. Read more