Originally Posted by KestrelBuck
Why don't you connect with the crew doing the OpenCPN project
? It sounds challenging and what they have done so far is really useful.
As is typically the problem with open source, there's no money
in it. Whatever I decide to do, whether it's boating
related or not, the project needs to generate a profit. I'm not at the point where I can retire and have hobbies just yet.
That said, developing add-ons for open source is sometimes profitable. A colleague suggested an idea for an OpenCPN add-in component. I'm not sure if there is any money
in it yet. I would need to subscribe to a data provider, process that data, and graphically present the result in an OpenCPN overlay. To cover the cost of my subscription to the data provider, I'd then have to charge a fee for my service
and to make a profit.
Then, the other problem with open source, once I release my component, others are free to (and typically will) create their own component that does the same thing, except accessing a free, lower quality data source, and give that component away for free.