Sell the Windows version (if you own the copyright)
Posted Dec 17, 2004 19:37 UTC (Fri) by brouhaha
Parent article: Porting free software to Windows
I've been working on a somewhat exotic non-mainstream application. It's been available as free software (GPL) for a few years now. I frequently get requests for a Windows version. I've tried to encourage others to port it to Windows, to no avail. I despise developing for Windows, but decided that based on how many people want it, I would in fact produce a Windows port. I cross-compile it from Linux. The application mostly works on Windows, but there are some issues that I still need to resolve.
I'm going to sell the Windows version as closed-source. This works only because I own the copyright to the program. It wouldn't be practical for an established large free software application, because there would not be any way to get all of the copyright holders to agree to it.
I've already had a dozen people tell me that they want to buy the Windows version of my application when it's available.
Since the non-Windows version is still GPL'd, there's nothing to prevent someone else from doing a free Windows port, but I doubt that it will happen.
I'm looking forward to collecting a "Windows Tax" to fund future development of both the Windows and non-Windows versions of my program.
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