Subject: Re: Open Source Business Found Parasitic, and the ADCL
From: maa@liacc.up.pt
Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2003 10:29:04 +0000

Quoting David Johnson <david@usermode.org>:

> On Friday 14 March 2003 11:03 am, maa@liacc.up.pt wrote:
> 
> > I was under the impression that RedHat and MySQL AB (others?) were
> > *very* successfull businesses.
> 
> It completely misses the whole point. 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. The original point is that 
this is parasitic on closed source. And I'm not satisfied with that situation.

> 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. 
> Which was my entire point.

Again it's legal detain getting in the way. In general terms selling a closed 
license equates with selling the software. It is the same *good* essentially.

--MAA

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