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Here we List out different questions asked to us by college going students, and possible and given answers.

How can I make money using FOSS ?

Possible answers (one or mix of more, depending on type of audience):

FOSS companies like Redhat, Novell, JBoss[1] ... make money by selling services like support for FOSS products.

How do I start contributing to FOSS?

Start using FOSS, Share/Blog what you found out (it works out of the box, you needed to tweak something to get it working...), Help others in mailing list, forums..., Write documentation, Request for features, Submit bugs, Try fixing some bugs ar adding new features... Here is a detailed guide.

What kind of an economic model does an entrepreneur look at when he starts out with free software?

RMS from an interview to The Hindu.

I want to ask you why that question is worth asking. First of all there are many people who don't have to make money. Importantly even if a person has to make a living, he doesn't have to make a living from everything he does.

Lots of people develop free software in their free time and there are people who have to make a living and they do make a living.

To jump from, this person is not rich and therefore has to work, to, this person can't write free software because he is not paid to write it, is an error.

There are over a million contributors to free software, a substantial fraction is getting paid and a majority are volunteers.

I suspect the reason people bring up this question of economics as a secondary detail is because they are labouring under the misconception that the free software community is impossible, unless the developers are getting paid.

How do I organise a FOSS event in my campus?

Here is a detailed HOWTO, which will guide you through the steps involved in organising a FOSS event in your campus.

Why do we need to use glade when we can use Visual Studio ?

Don't you like to have an edge over others ? Microsoft is going to use what glade has been succesfully using[2] for long in its upcoming Windows vista[3] -- XML based interface for GUI which will be interpreted by a rendering engine. So while choosing glade you are ahead of those who chose Microsoft technologies like Visual Studio.

(More questions and answers to be added)