How to make money with LinoΒΆ

Lino is Free Software, but most people nowadays understand the difference between free beer and free speech. Here is how you can make money with Lino.

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 commercial framework! The Lino Software Foundation 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.

Volunteer contributors contact us because they want to

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.

As an independent developer you can write and then maintain your own Lino application for a customer. You are a 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.

You may optionally make more money by also hosting one or several production sites of your application. This is a separate art, see Lino Hosting Guide.

When you start earning enough money, you may want to enter into a more binding collaboration with the Lino Software Foundation, but nothing will ever force you to do so because both source code and documentation is freely available.