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Dual licenses and open source: Best of both worlds?

Dual licenses in open source provide the best of both worlds: open software without the requirement to open source one's own code.

By August 19, 2008


Dual-licensing with patents: It's bound to happen

What would happen if we developed hybrid models that make some open source "safe" from patents, and some not? Open source would wither on the vine.

By April 18, 2008


The art and science of dual licensing

Researchers probe how and why to dual license open source software, but perhaps focus too much on the proprietary benefits that accrue to the developer of the software. The article also fails to capture other benefits of dual licensing.

By June 19, 2007


Dual-license developer Trolltech makes stock debut

Norwegian company that offers code under both closed-source and open-source licenses launches its IPO.

By July 5, 2006


QuarkXpress 6.0 "dual licensing" now free

QuarkXpress 6.0 "dual licensing" now free

By July 1, 2004


MySQL and a tale of two biases

Two self-interested parties in the Oracle/MySQL debacle diverge on its antitrust implications...significantly.

By December 9, 2009


Mickos letter to EU: Approve Oracle-Sun deal

The full text of Mårten Mickos' letter to European Commissioner for Competition, Neelie Kroes, encouraging the approval of Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems.

By October 8, 2009


Apache makes its first $420 million

The Apache license just got its first big validation as a critical business tool for start-ups, not just software behemoths.

By August 12, 2009


Just what value does "community" provide, anyway?

For open-source companies to thrive, they need to enable system integrators and other members of these corporate communities to thrive. Corporate open-source communities can encourage contributions from their customers and from these corporations in an o

By May 3, 2008


MySQL and "commercial extensions:" Core, complements, and semantics

MySQL has made a short-term public relations error in calling out its proprietary extensions, but one that is easily fixed. It simply needs to reassure its user community that it is not taking anything away, now or in the future.

By April 16, 2008