Subject: Re: Open Source Business Found Parasitic, and the ADCL
From: maa@liacc.up.pt
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 10:23:06 +0000

> Neither Redhat nor MySQL make any 
> appreciable amount of money SELLING open source SOFTWARE. Instead they 
> are selling service, support, and proprietary addons. To quote from the 
> MySQL site: "All of our products are available under open source 
> licenses, but we also sell commercial licenses for all of the 
> products."

I know all this. It's the dual licensing scheme. My point is that this scheme 
is parasitic on non open source, and some of us find it ugly to say the least.

> There are many good ways to generate revenue from Open Source software 
> that you have written, but selling it outright is not one of them. 

Again it's legal detail getting in the way. In general terms selling closed 
licenses equates to selling the software.

--MAA

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