Reflections on Revolution OS

I had the opportunity to go see Revolution OS at a seminar held at the University of Regina this week. I’ve seen the video before, so no surprises. However, what I was surprised at were the responses by people in the audience. The first question from the audience was “so … how can we make money from open source?”. Several questions afterwards were very much the same.

Now I know that this is a valid question … as many companies have adopted business models to make money from the Open Source Movement (e.g., RedHat, Novell, etc.), and I think, sure, there’s much potential there. But I have to wonder … just maybe, are we missing the point? Isn’t there something more important that we have learned here?