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[News] âOpen Coreâ Disliked by SFLC, Neglects Freedom Further

  • Subject: [News] âOpen Coreâ Disliked by SFLC, Neglects Freedom Further
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Oct 2009 23:11:53 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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âOpen Coreâ Is the New Shareware

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| Like most buzzwords, Open Core has no real agreed-upon 
| meaning. I'm using it to describe a business model 
| whereby some middleware-ish system is released by a 
| single, for-profit entity copyright holder, who 
| requires copyright-assigned changes back to the 
| company, and that company sells proprietary add-ons 
| and applications that use the framework. Often, the 
| model further uses the GPL to forbid anyone but the 
| copyright-holding company to make such proprietary 
| add-on applications (i.e., everyone else would have to 
| GPL their applications). In the current debate, some 
| have proposed that a permissive license structure can 
| be used for the core instead.


When to give up control of an open source core



Open Core: The worst of both worlds

,----[ Quote ]
| In the end open core software is driven
| by the same incentives as proprietary
| software is. Therefore it suffers from
| the same problems: too much focus on
| features and too little on quality.
| Thatâs the downside of proprietary
| software. But it also inherits the
| problems of open source software. Because
| of the open source community editions you
| have to worry about forks taking your
| customers (e.g. vtiger). To top it off
| they also need to compete against their
| own developer community who will
| reimplement the closed enterprise
| features as add-ons for the open source
| edition. This magnifies the problems
| caused by the feature treadmill and leads
| to a rapid decline in quality.

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