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How open is open core and is that open enough

Mar 26, 2010, 05:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dana Blankenhorn)

"Open core is the hot new buzzword in the open source business community.

"The idea is that you make the center of your product open source, but put the rest under a paid license. This is supposed to make your venture capital backers happy. You gain the benefits of open source but customers aren’t “stealing” the software.

"This is not a new idea. Eclipse licenses are all about development companies sharing a common store and selling proprietary extensions. The whole idea of an “enterprise” product distinct from the “community” one is a form of open core in action."

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