"Recent discussions around the so-called "Open Core" model for
open source have been remarkable for a couple of reasons. First,
because not content with one burst of feverish blogging and
counterblogging, people came back for more, responding to a
separate post about business models with yet more arguments and
counter-arguments on the subject of Open Core. Secondly – and
perhaps more remarkably – those discussions ultimately led to
an entirely fresh thought: that we are about to enter a new phase
in open source business, one that places community and
collaboration at its heart.
"The jumping-off point for that evolution was (yet) another
piece looking critically at Open Core, this time from Simon Phipps,
"Open core businesses stand to benefit massively from having you
locked-in; they want to trade your freedom for their profit. So
while open core businesses truthfully say they are sustaining open
source core software, their actual business is nothing to do with
open source. It's a bait-and-switch, wrapping the same old lock-in
in the flag of open source and hoping you won't notice.
"He followed this up with two further posts, one with the
self-explanatory title "Open Source Does Not Need
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