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Defining Software Freedom: The Singularity of Free

Jul 11, 2010, 03:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

[ Thanks to Jim Lynch for this link. ]

"Last week, I wrote about the somewhat-vague definition of the open core business model, and how it compared to the dual-license business model. Open core, like dual licenses, are all part of the whole "ways-to-make-money-faster-with-open-source-software" genre of business, but they are not the same thing.

"It should be noted up front that I may have been a bit presumptuous in assigning the origins of open core to Aaron Fulkerson, the CEO of MindTouch. In a comment on my blog, Fulkerson himself corrected the issue:

""I can't take credit for 'open core.' When we began capitalizing MindTouch I employed a model that made sense to me because it seemed to strike a nice balance between the needs and wants of the community of MindTouch users and the needs (and wants) of our company. I didn't have a name for it until Lampitt coined the term. I simply adopted it. Furthermore, I don't think this is a new model. Indeed, we've been employing this model since the very dawn of software."

"Fair enough."

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