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During my work as a software engineer I have encountered a serious issue concerning usage of security hardware device and some software packages.The issue is that after a recent upgrade of Linux flavor , the previously working link of device->packages->usage has been broken and an open-source project has not resolved the issue nor anyone succeeded (or tried) to resolve the issue ,probably because solving this issue is out of scope of competence for most companies and they are reluctant to spend resources to resolve it. I believe it would take me 3 months of work ,give or take , to resolve the issue. The question is - how would I be able to monetize it? I mean , I could fork the open-source project , post a solution and then what ? I would probably spend a significant time resolving bugs,adding new feature,etc. So what's in it for me ? :) Any ideas would be welcome

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  1. Find people/companies who a) have money b) want the problem fixed and c) can't do it themselves
  2. Persuade them that you are the right person to do the job at a price which works for both sides
  3. Profit

I admit that probably isn't an easy sell, everybody using open source hopes that somebody else does the work and they get to take the benefits. xkcd 2347 is relevant here.

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  • Well,I do have the company - my current workplace :)
    – user426639
    May 14 at 10:48
  • But,I see that the problem is also relevant for a handful of other people/companies (At least according to messages in various mediums).How do I make paragragh 2 to them ?
    – user426639
    May 14 at 10:50
  • Or alternatively,make it some kind of product , so I could sell to as much clients as possible?
    – user426639
    May 14 at 10:51
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    @user426639 if you are employed at a company you probably forfeited your right to do related work for other companies. You could ask your boss if it's allowed. I have done this a few times: "Hey, I know our company doesn't want to do <a thing> but I think it's a neat project and I want to do it in my own time anyway. Can I get an exception from <clause in the employment contract>?" the answer was usually "yeah, sure" but YMMV. May 15 at 19:22
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    @user426639, if your company would be a potential client, negotiate that you can make the fix in company time instead of your current project. For re-selling it to other companies, you could try to negotiate a split of the proceeds. yesterday

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