When selling Linux software, does it have to be free?
I'm a Mac & Windows software developer, and am interested in porting some of my programs to Linux. But, it seems like almost all programs I come across are open source/free. I know there are some closed-source apps out there, but even though they're closed, most look to be free as well.
The trend seems to be (from what I observed anyways) most Linux software is free, but people pay for the support - like Redhat (again, I think this is how it works). I'm looking to go the normal sales route, where I sell the actual application itself and of course some support comes with it, but that's not the main cost of the app - the program is.
Is this "allowed" in the Linux world? Or is this taboo. Are Linux users not used to/willing to pay for software? It'd be a niche product, so it would fill a need, but again, maybe users aren't going to pay for it - and I have to look at it from a business perspective. Any insight would be great. Thanks!
There are some enterprise applications that are closed-source and have you to purchase the application as well as some games like those from id Software, Epic Games, and LGP Publishing though a vast majority of the Linux software is free software.
Unless your software is stellar, no one is going to buy it. But then if it's good enough, someone will eventually make a free version of it.
Your only hope is with quality games. Tough luck, no?
Xipeos, I've heard that Nero LINUX is selling not too bad.
#edit: Oh, and there's KDE. Gnome users, forgive me