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Open Three Ways, Or More

Oct 13, 2009, 09:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Serdar Yegulalp)

"The blog post itself surrounded the three-and-a-half choices in question with a lot of good commentary. The options themselves run like so:

"1. Open core with paid services. Free product, with bonus features (support, management, auxiliary storage, hosting) delivered in a managed / SaaS fashion to the end user. Some folks who do open source CMS are taking an approach like this: you can snag the core product, run in on your own, or pay them to run it for you in a guaranteed-uptime fashion.

"2. Open core with closed add-ons. Such for-pay components usually consist of things like data connectors that allow you to plug into other proprietary products: you can be free on your own, but you'll have to pay to liberate your existing data."

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