How Do You Make Money From Free Software?

Free software—truly free software—is undoubtedly a good thing. But given the rest of the world still uses that pesky stuff called money, how on Earth do you make a living from spending your time giving away software for nothing?

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In this video Matt Lee, the Technical Lead at Creative Commons, explains how he's spent ten years working on free software, managing to make a living throughout. The answer? Largely fixing stuff, but I'll allow him to explain in a little more detail. [Computerphile]

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I always thought that free software was made by people who created it as a kind of advertisement or resume for potential employers.