We, over here at eBrain have always been GNU|FREE children. We learned our trade with these amazing tools and with the help of the countless incredible people who form this community.
At the moment we are just two guys with an idea in our head and not a formal company. We're doing this in typical open source fashion, we believe in this idea and really want to see it grow and benefit the community. Yes, somewhere doing the line we would love if we could generate some financial gain from this. For now we're pushing it since at least so far no one has told us to stop our madness :)
The decision to GPL this code has really been a no-brainer. This concept could never be brought to life without projects and people who believe in sharing. We would like to borrow a page from them, learn and if we can possibly add in any way to that effort we consider ourselves fortunate.
What we are certain of is that whatever we do will always be community (GNU|FREE|GPL) friendly
So what do we mean by generating financial gain from this?
We believe there is a certain amount of value that can be transferred over-and-above the code. In terms of market-gibberish: "Value added offerings". The real challenge as we see it, is how do we make this into a financially viable and sustainable model.
What we are thinking of is additional services which can be purchased for a small fee.
These could be enhanced security and encryption measures, the kind of stuff which people might be willing to pay a little for. Maybe some kind of subscription service. And hey, we are open to ideas on this too.
But all that comes later and our promise is this, they will ALWAYS be additional & optional services. We hate restrictions and refuse to put in any.
This is the reason, we chose, 3 years ago, not to opt for funding, but instead build this ourselves, we felt we needed the Freedom to take these decisions. With limited resources, we put everything into
refining the concept and turning it into reality and working code (still have a lot to do here :) )
It was hell, but it was worth it. We would have it no other way.
and for the record,
We count a howto, an idea, a patch, a bug report, artwork, and just about any community involvement you can think off as payment enough, we just need to find some way to put food on all our tables too.
Hope to see you all online and contributing soon