When you mean freely accessible, does it means that we can't charge for

No, you can charge all you want, but since your customers can freely redistribute your code, you'd better offer offer your paid users something extra so they want to give you money. Suggestions:

- Support services
- Installation help
- Private servers that get new releases faster than free mirrors
- Voluntary, shareware-style registration
- Sell documention

Some companies also produce "side by side" open source and commercial products. OpenOffice is free and freely redistributable, but StarOffice costs money and is not freely redistributable even though it's based on OO code.

StarOffice comes with support, documention, and several features OO lacks -- and plenty of companies and at least a few individuals seem to be buying it.

- Robin 'Roblimo' Miller
  professional troublemaker

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