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===========================
How to make money with Lino
===========================

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Lino is :term:`Free Software`, but most people nowadays understand the
difference between free *beer* and free *speech*. Here is how you can make money
with Lino.
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As a **volunteer contributor** you can *save* money by getting quality expert
support for free. Lino helps you to enter the business of software development
with just your own time as your only investment. Try to do that with some
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commercial framework!  The :ref:`lsf` has a fundamental motivation for helping
you with getting started your business because building a sustainable open
community is an important part of our mission.
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Volunteer contributors contact us because they want to

- gain experience with working in an open-source software project
- increase their chances on the job market
- find a job at a :term:`Lino service provider <service provider>`
- start their own company as a :term:`Lino service provider <service provider>`

We provide all our support service to volunteer contributors for free forever,
you just need to ask.  But on the other hand we provide this service only as
much as our human resources allow. You have no warranty of always getting a
quick answer.

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As an **independent developer** you can write and then maintain your own
:term:`Lino application` for a customer. You are a :term:`development provider`
and your customer(s) pay(s) you for that service.

As an **inhouse developer** you write a Lino application for your employer.
Simply replace "customer" by "employer" in the previous paragraph.
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You may optionally make more money by also hosting one or several
:term:`production sites <production site>` of your application. This is a
separate art, see :ref:`hg`.
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When you start earning enough money, you may want to enter into a more binding
collaboration with the :ref:`lsf`, but nothing will ever force you to do so
because both source code and documentation is freely available.