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Is an open license enough?

May 04, 2010, 03:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ernie Leseberg)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"Does having an open license for a software project, have all the advantages negated if the development process is basically closed to the outside world? Recently I have been trialling a new web based account/billing software. It is not a very mature project, but the features listed and performance so far have me believing that this is potentially a good solution. Also it is written in a language I am comfortable with (PHP), and it has an open license (GNU AGPL). Hence I may be able to contribute.

"However, I have now encountered some issues. The project is under the control of a small company, and project communication is limited to a couple of mailing lists. I have tried direct communication, but the response was things are proceeding, and they are very busy."

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