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Dual-Licensing is Unfair and Community Debilitating

May 05, 2008, 21:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pierre Teilhard De Chardin)

"Some successful open-source companies are using a dual-licensing scheme. In short, software is released both through an open source version (e.g. licensed under the GNU GPL) and through a proprietary license usually reserved to paying customers. It's great for attracting OEM vendors since they can integrate the dual-licensed software into their proprietary application without fear of contamination. FUD is apparently good for business.

"But this approach has important drawbacks (some of them nicely developed by Glyn Moody a few years ago and also discussed here by Lajos Moczar) that make it question whether a dual-licensing model is really fair to the community and its developers..."

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