[News] Why Mixing Proprietary and Free Software Doesn't Work - Linux

This is a discussion on [News] Why Mixing Proprietary and Free Software Doesn't Work - Linux ; Dual-licensing is unfair and community debilitating ,----[ Quote ] | Indeed, regular open source community developers are usually: | | * Free to exert their IP (copy)rights at any time, any way they want | * Free to offer contributions ...

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  1. [News] Why Mixing Proprietary and Free Software Doesn't Work

    Dual-licensing is unfair and community debilitating

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    | Indeed, regular open source community developers are usually:
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    | * Free to exert their IP (copy)rights at any time, any way they want
    | * Free to offer contributions approved by the community
    | * Free to fork new versions
    | * Overall free to produce work in the best interest of the community
    |
    | In current dual-licensed models, none of these basic open source freedoms can
    | be easily –if at all- exercised. Icing on the cake, the open source company
    | is not forced to contribute back to the community.
    |
    | [...]
    |
    | For all of the reasons above, many developers are not keen to the idea of
    | dual licensing. They don’t like the idea of their contribution released as
    | proprietary, nor are they found of this idea of given up all of their IP
    | rights. MySQL for instance has a much less thriving community than that of
    | PostgeSQL.
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    http://blog.milkingthegnu.org/2008/0...ting-dual.html


    Recent:

    Java - 100 per cent open source by end of this year

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    | Sun is to open source the last closed-source parts of Java, a move that
    | should make it possible to fully integrate the software into Linux *
    | distributions.
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    http://software.silicon.com/applicat...9208906,00.htm


    Open Source Java Technology Debuts In GNU/Linux Distributions

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    | Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JAVA), Canonical Ltd. and Red Hat, Inc.
    | (NYSE: RHT), today announced the inclusion of OpenJDK-based
    | (http://openjdk.java.net) implementations in Fedora 9 and Ubuntu 8.04 Long
    | Term Support (LTS) Server and Desktop editions, furthering the promise of
    | Sun's open source Java technology initiative.
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    http://www.sun.com/aboutsun/pr/2008-...20080430.1.xml

  2. Re: Why Mixing Proprietary and Free Software Doesn't Work

    On May 4, 1:00 am, Roy Schestowitz wrote:
    > Dual-licensing is unfair and community debilitating


    An author licensing their software in the manner of their choosing is
    "unfair"? The author(s) are the one who have invested time, effort,
    and infrastructure in a project. Allowing them to choose the license
    seems like the *only* reasonable application of the term fairness to
    licensing.

    And "community debilitating"? MySQL is dual-licensed and has been
    forever. It's community seems to be doing just fine.

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