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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Find or create a company that will invoice on behalf of a large number of Open Source authors / foundations if they have registered. Encourage people such as yourself to buy your products from them at the price you specify.

    You'd have to have a lot of Open Source community involvement to pull it off to avoid people taking credit (and money) for the work of others.
  • John Macdonald wrote to me: What comes to my mind in response is having a "use.perl store" run by TPF. Select items would be available for sale at the 10% of comparable commercial product cost price. In exchange, TPF would arrange to have a site that managed support issues - bug tracking, feature request status, assistance. This would require that they have the involvement of the auther or someone of suitable capability. The support would not be free, more like a consulting job, but it would be easily f
    • Hi John. Perhaps you're right. Maybe some sort of sourceforge-esque billing system would help.

      The more I think about this it occurs to me that while I love the "free software" mentality and ethics I think shareware for commercial use is the actual way to go. Leave the software unpolluted: allow full download and full functionality for free, but have a shareware statement that demands $30 or $3 or $300 or whatever for commercial use of the software. That way I'd still be free to install product X to see if