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Marten Mickos says open source doesn't have to be fully open

Jun 23, 2010, 18:04 (1 Talkback[s])
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"The term "open core" essentially means that the heart of a software project is built on, and remains, open source but added features may not be (particularly a commercial version intended for enterprise use).VC-funded software startups love this model.

"There's a lot of controversy about it -- and not all of it from FOSS purist types. Some say it's the best of both worlds, giving software companies access to committers, giving users the ability to make changes, while hiding the parts that could be valuable intellectual property, and making the software company responsible for them. Others say that it is nothing of the kind ... just a variation on the classic software pricing game that gives user a free taste with the goal to up-sell them to a proprietary full suite later.

"Most people involved in the open source movement are generally ok with open-core in principal -- because they are generally ok with any license in principal."

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