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[News] Sun Senior Explains How Free Software Brings Income

  • Subject: [News] Sun Senior Explains How Free Software Brings Income
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 23:42:47 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Mind Your Own Business (Model)

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| Why is there no "open source business model"? Because open 
| source is not a business. It's the same oxymoronic 
| thinking as the question "how can you make money if you 
| give the software away for free", which simply can't be 
| answered without correcting the questioner's worldview.
| To assert there is "an open source business model" is to 
| lose sight of the nature of open source. It may have been 
| a fair thing to do when open source was a novelty to 
| business minds, but even considering there could be such a 
| thing leads people to misunderstand open source and treat 
| the exceptions - like MySQL - as the rule. Not that it's 
| wrong to monetise ubiquity at the point of deployment by 
| delivering the value that allows scaling (enabling 
| adoption-led behaviour). It's just most open source 
| community members don't do that. 



Thoughts about Dual-licensing Open Source software

,----[ Quote ]
| Note that releasing your code as BSD for a project that has or may have GPL
| code doesn't protect your code from being dual-licensed in an unfavorable
| way. The only way to ensure full freedom for others is to only donate your
| code under a contributor agreement with a clause as suggested below or to a
| project that has agreeable guidelines for how they license their code!
| To assure our users, contributors, and customers of how we at Monty Program
| Ab intend to re-license the code we produce or the code people donate to us,
| I have added the following note to our contributor agreement:
| "Monty Program Ab agrees that when it dual licenses code, it will not
| restrict the way the third party licensee uses the licensed copy of the code
| nor restrict how they use their own code."

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