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Thoughts on "Proprietary" Open Source

Feb 04, 2008, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])

Open Sources: Proprietary Open Source

"I don't know about every commercial OSS product out there, but the above situation holds for more OSS products than you'd think. And you'd be surprised to find several leading OSS vendors whose Proprietary Open Source products are Proprietary and closed source (so you'd be stuck at #2 above). Don't take my word for it. If you're interested spend a few minutes checking out the product pages of the most popular commercial OSS vendors.

"Look, there is absolutely nothing wrong with the Proprietary Open Source model. I have stressed the value of products and tried to explain that support minimizes the value of the product itself..."

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FLOSS Ruminations: Of False Dichotomies and 'Proprietary Open Source'

"On the Open Sources blog, Savio Rodrigues goes to great lengths to basically say 'It's proprietary Open Source! Not that there's anything wrong with that...' Savio's point is to define as 'proprietary open source' when you cannot post your modifications upstream into the canonical project.

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