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A Permissive Bubble?

Jan 23, 2012, 18:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grigor Gatchev)

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"I remembered this after reading two articles by Matthew Aslett – 'On the continuing decline on the GPL' and 'The future of commercial open source business strategies'. The data this research is based on appears to me mostly correct, and I couldn't find fatal logic flaws in them. However, my logic still couldn't agree with some of the conclusions, and tended to see other in a different light. Something have to be wrong here.

"The data shows that, while both the copyleft-licensed and the permissively licensed projects grow in numbers during the last year and a half, the number of the permissively licensed projects grows far faster that that of the copyleft licenses, especially among the commercial vendors. The analyses concludes that the vendors start realizing that the open source is here to stay, and they start to use business models that include collaborating on an open source product and differentiating on (and profiting from) another stage in the software stack. Driven by the desire to be able to use the open source code without being forced to contribute back their own code, the businesses tend to support open-source projects that are permissively licensed (or to license permissively the projects they open-source).

"These conclusions say that the businesses have started valuing the open source, and see it as an important asset and a way to make money. I would be very happy if this could convince me. However, it doesn't."

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