Dual licenses in open source provide the best of both worlds: open software without the requirement to open source one's own code.
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.
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.
QuarkXpress 6.0 "dual licensing" now free
Two self-interested parties in the Oracle/MySQL debacle diverge on its antitrust implications...significantly.
The full text of Mårten Mickos' letter to European Commissioner for Competition, Neelie Kroes, encouraging the approval of Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
The Apache license just got its first big validation as a critical business tool for start-ups, not just software behemoths.
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
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.
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