How to make money with Lino¶
Here is how you can make money with Lino. In the following, "we" means the Lino Software Foundation.
We provide all our services for free. You just need to ask. OTOH we can provide these services only as much as our human resources permit. You have no warranty of getting a quick answer.
When you start earning enough money, we may decide to enter into a more binding collaboration with a Service Level Agreement. But nothing will force you to pay us money us because both source code and documentation is freely available. Anyway we are not yet there. Let's first imagine some ways of how you can make your own money with Lino.
Business model A¶
The first part of what you are going to sell : hosting service, system maintenance. The second part of what you are going to sell : end-user support and training.
Phase 1 (acquiring knowledge and sales)
You learn a few existing Lino applications : what they can do, how to use them. We give you free support. We keep our demo servers up to date.
You find a potential customer, i.e. a company who might want one of these applications. That's basically your job (though we might give you advice).
Phase 2 (your first production site)
You order a VPS at a data center and learn how to configure a Lino server. You must learn about Linux system administration, how to monitor a server and keep it running, how to make backups.
For each of your future customers you will have one VPS. You must also register at least one domain name.
We give you support for this. We can recommend proven data centers:
Optionally you can leave Phase 2 to us in the beginning. You would do "only" sales, support and analysis. But we would need some kind of Service Level Agreement then.
Phase 3 (training, support, analysis)
You give training and support to your customer so that they can use their Lino site.
Your customer will have change requests. You report them to us, we make code changes in the public version for free, you test them and then pull the new version to your customer's site and care for data migration.