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Forbes Column 2009: Open Source Means Business

Posted on Friday, Feb 6th 2009

600,000 unemployed. So how do we channel the vast unemployed pool of highly skilled technical people around us?

Here’s a column that offers some possible answers: Open Source Means Business.

If you know (I’m sure you know) engineers who are out of work and contemplating their options, do present this as one.

If you can, to those for whom ‘you’ are a meaningful friend, colleague, confidante or mentor, steer them along the direction of Brian, Rod and John – the three heroes of this story. Hopefully, they can inspire some shoestring entrepreneurship…

This segment is a part in the series : Forbes Column 2009

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Opensource indeed means business. And now monetizing opensource is even more easy.
I’m experimenting with packaging an emerging OpenSource software( Opensim 3D virtual world server – OpenSource version of SecondLife) as a cloud based service.
Have a look at ‘Learning by Doing – Making Money With OpenSource’

It is adding a layer of suger coat on top of the geeky OpenSim code and Amazon Web Services. It is called Sim-OnDemand (

So far the results are very encouraging. Will share when there is more data points.

Yes OpenSource and highly technical unemployed adds up very well.

Balaji Sowmyanarayan Friday, February 6, 2009 at 4:33 AM PT

Firm believer and user of opensource technology. It means freedom which is FREE. Worked on various technologies like Java, .NET, ASP and others but finally landed on open source.

Shailendra Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 5:06 AM PT