Where do these companies make their money from?

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    Question Where do these companies make their money from?

    Where do all these companine like Netscape, NullSoft(Winamp),google , etc get their money from? I mean if they provide all their services/products for free, then how do they make the money to keep the things going?

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    obvious--->--->--->--->--->--->--->---> advertisements....

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    Or maybe they print it up on color laser printers like the rest of us.
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    ...and if all of that doesn't work, then there is always M$ to fall-back on.

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    at one time netscape actually sold their software
    they might still sell specialized stuff to businesses
    google makes a lot of money selling its services to yahoo and other 'search engines'. it gets a lot of traffic, too, so advertisements cost more.
    on winamp... no idea. they sell something, too, i think. and advertisements.

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    I believe that WinAmp sells a "better" version of thie program like REAL does....though I don't know anyone who owns it....Then of course there's ads.
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    Hmm.... Nullsoft doesnt provide any paid version of Winamp.
    I dont think big companies like Netscape can make all that money solely by putting ad banners on their web site.
    Also why the hell would anyone want to advertise at such a place when most ppl wont pay any attention to it and now with ad banner "blocker" progs the no of viewrs is even less.
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    that's a good question. remember the dot-com crash?

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    Originally posted by ygfperson
    that's a good question. remember the dot-com crash?
    This reminds me of the South Park episode with 'Underwear Gnomes'. Their business model was:[list=1][*]Collect underpants.[*] [*]Profit.[/list=1]
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    so noone really know how these ppl make money???

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    I told you at the first post. Ads................

    Or i think some of those companies start off distributing their programs for free, when it becomes popular and many programmmers had contributed to it, they get license the program and starts selling it. IS 'star office' an example?

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    >>IS 'star office' an example?

    No.
    Star Office falls under the same licence as Linux, it is really just a modified version of Open Office.
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