Differences Between European and US Adoption of Open Source
Dec 20, 2007, 00:15 (0 Talkback[s])
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Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"In my role as pseudo-general counsel at Alfresco, I wade
through a lot of contracts. As part of this I'm constantly trying
to find the right balance between the needs of our customers and
partners in different geographies.
"Interestingly, our European and North American customers view
licensing very, very differently. Generally speaking, our European
customers want our software under an open-source license (GPLv2).
North Americans? They want the benefits of open source without the
obligations and perceived risk (meaning, they prefer a dual-license
approach that allows them to contribute back modifications if they
wish, but not out of duty)..."