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How Open is OpenLogic?

Feb 27, 2008, 21:15 (0 Talkback[s])

The Open Road: Is OpenLogic a Friend or Foe to Open Source?

"OpenLogic just announced that it had a good 2007. The company tripled its number of customers, and now counts three of the Fortune 10 as companies, with many more in the Fortune 500. Good for them.

"What is perhaps less appealing about the company's success is that it may be achieving its success at the expense of the projects that make it possible in the first place. Two of its top-five projects (in a consolidated library of 380 total projects)--JBoss and Hibernate--are developed by Red Hat. Yet the company crows about the fact that vendors like Red Hat won't get paid under its model..."

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OpenLogic: How OpenLogic Gives Back to Open Source

"In his blog, he asked some questions about OpenLogic's commitment to giving back to the open source community as well as vendors. I know that our business model is different than a typical commercial open source vendor, so it's sometimes not as visible how we give back to the open source community. Here are just a few of the ways that OpenLogic supports open source:

  • "We pay open source developers. Unlike a commercial open source vendor, we don't just hire committers on one particular open source product. Instead we pay many open source developers across many open source projects to resolve issues, fix bugs, contribute fingerprints or work in other ways..."

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