Software Business Model: Adopt A Line Of Code

from the for-just-the-price-of-a-cup-of-coffee... dept

A few different people have sent in this story about how the developers behind Miro, an open source video watching software, are experimenting with a different sort of business model to support the development of the software: adopt a line of code. It's a cute little gimmick, but it is a creative way to get some attention and give people an additional benefit for supporting the project. They even offer a little widget that you can use to show off the line of code you adopted. I'm not sure how well this will work longterm, since it's more about the gimmick than providing some sort of scarce value, but it's still worth noting.


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    Jeff, Apr 30th, 2009 @ 6:54pm

    Horse....

    hocky... Total load of horsehokey....

    I'm sorry, your line of code was merged out. Try again.

     

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    Hulser, Apr 30th, 2009 @ 6:59pm

    With my luck, I'd get a comment line.

     

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    Alan, Apr 30th, 2009 @ 7:27pm

    Interesting

    Certainly a different way to get the funds together for a project. I hope they get some cash in to fund the player, since it is one of the best players on the market.
    And on the the bright side, no-one need pirate it, because it's 100% FREE so no commercial tie-ins or preference for specific codecs over others.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Apr 30th, 2009 @ 7:29pm

    ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////
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    // foo class inherits members from ...


    you get line 2 of this comment block

     

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    Jesse McNelis, Apr 30th, 2009 @ 7:44pm

    yeah, what happens when your line of code gets removed?

     

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    Fabio Prudente, Apr 30th, 2009 @ 8:03pm

    Not only a gimmick...

    It's more than just a cute little gimmick. The site says "For US residents, your donation is a 100% tax-deductible donation to Participatory Culture Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization."

    Does it make sense, now?

     

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    Buzz, May 1st, 2009 @ 12:23am

    Hahaha

    This is dumbest thing I've ever heard of. Do they honestly hope this will work?

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    *adopts line 32768*

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, May 1st, 2009 @ 1:05am

    Lots of jokes about this

    Want to know what geeks think? Read the reader comments to the Ars Technica article.

     

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    another mike, May 1st, 2009 @ 4:40pm

    patent lawsuits

    How long until some sponsor is sued because that precious little snowflake of code they're so happy to display infringes on someone's patent?

     

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