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Open Core Debate: The Battle for a Business Model

Apr 16, 2009, 14:32 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack M. Germain)

"Is software truly open source More about open source if you pay for additional features? Your answer may depend on whether you side with the purists or the, ah, not-so-pure.

"A recent trend entering the debate involves the marketing of so-called open core software. This morphed business model is not what many open source supporters consider "pure" open source. However, open core may come to be the standard bearer in the business software arena.

"Open source pundits have been debating the question for about a year as they try to outline the best possible open source business model. Open core supporters suggest that this latest licensing model will satisfy those trying to balance customer value with investor return while not ignoring community facilitation.

""The merits of open core have been debated poorly until recently," Andrew Lampitt, cofounder at zAgile and director of business development for Jaspersoft, told LinuxInsider."

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