December 20, 2007

Is commercial open source really open?

"Is it possible for software to be both commercially viable and truly open source? Obviously your answer to this question will depend on what you mean by those notoriously slippery words "open source." If you mean "anything covered by the GPL" then the question is easy. Red Hat is GPL'd, and no one can doubt that it's making money hand over fist, therefore we can answer with a resounding "yes" since at least one famous example meets the condition. But paradoxically, Linux is not a typical example of open source .... "

Link: Interop News


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