I’ve posted many times about XBMC; about how to add it to your Ubuntu repository list and how to fix a installation error and more; And some of you might be wondering why post about free things, simple: because there are ways to profit from (free) open source software like XBMC.
Linux is open source and free as we all know, though did you know that corporations are making huge profits from it? You might have heard of Red Hat, or even Kubuntu and you surely know about Firefox; all of these are open source (which means you can see the source code which runs them), they are all given away from free (as in beer) and yet they still make a profit! How? Well, that’s not really a mystery though it does require you to think outside the box.
One of the things you can do is offer service! You cannot directly sell open source software, because of the license, though you can profit by offering technical support and other services like Red Hat does! There are plenty of places to read about profiting from open source software in general out on the internet or in print, but here I’ll focus in on how you can profit from XBMC.
I’ll cover some of the possibilities and a few of the big no-no’s (legally and ethically).