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Aug 20, 2010, 22:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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, who wrote:

"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 "Monetising"..."

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