"A characteristic and great feature of the world of
free and open source software (FOSS) is that many of its
participants love debating business models. Do closed source
software vendors do that? I doubt.
"Simon has some great points in his posting yesterday, reminding
us all that the non-open features or services a company provides to
its customers may lead to lock-in and reduction of freedoms for the
customer. He also comments that open core businesses "stand to
benefit massively" from this. It seems that he is arguing that this
is a bad thing. My main point is the opposite: by having vendors in
the open source space that benefit massively, we will have a
stronger world of free and open source software (FOSS)"
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