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63 Top Commercial Open Source Projects

Apr 05, 2011, 21:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cynthia Harvey)

[ Thanks to James Maguire for this link. ]

"This list doesn't include projects that simply request donations or those that make money only by selling hats, T-shirts and other gear emblazoned with their logo. We also left off projects that offered paid support as an afterthought or those with support and services available only from third parties.

"Why put together a list of commercial open source projects at all? Many businesses find it preferable to acquire software under a commercial license because they are worried about some of the legal provisions of some open source licenses, particularly the GPL. In addition, many companies want reliable support and maintenance for their software and are willing to pay for it.

"Home users are much less likely to pay for open source software, and as a result, the vast majority of the projects on this list are aimed at businesses rather than home users."

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