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ZDNet: SugarCRM CEO Says Attribution in Open Source Licenses is About Fairness

Dec 10, 2006, 01:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind)

"Meet John Roberts. Roberts is CEO and co-founder of SugarCRM. To many SugarCRM is thought of as a provider of open source-based customer relationship management solutions. But is it? There's no question that SugarCRM provides a customer relationship management (CRM) solution. But is it an open source one? Roberts says it is. On the other hand, there are other open source advocates like the Open Source Definition's co-author Bruce Perens who disagree and refer to SugarCRM as 'badgeware.' The phrase refers to a proviso in the appendix to the SugarCRM Public License that requires licensees to make sure that a 'Powered by SugarCRM' logo (the so-called badge) with a minimum size of 106 pixels by 23 pixels appears at the bottom center of every user interface screen that's driven by the Web-based CRM application..."

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