Yes, title is exaggeration, but danger is there.
Posted Oct 18, 2010 16:34 UTC (Mon) by bkuhn
In reply to: Kuhn: Canonical, Ltd. Finally On Record: Seeking Open Core
Parent article: Kuhn: Canonical, Ltd. Finally On Record: Seeking Open Core
I agree my title was a bit of an exaggeration. I'd change it, but I am not sure that would clarify things, and probably would look strange. Based on feedback, I did add a note at the bottom of the post making it clear that this reading of these events is my opinion, not fact. The only thing that's absolutely true here is that Canonical, Ltd. is “leaving its options open” for “Open Core” and/or proprietary relicensing as a possibility.
As for the distinction between Open Core and proprietary relicensing, I think there are some subtle distinctions there. However, I have yet to see a company implement a pure “exception selling” model as RMS has proposed. Every example I've seen has never been purely that. Even if it starts that way, it moves toward an “Open Core” style over time. Based on the feedback of this blog post, I'm planning to write a more comprehensive post about this particular part of the issue.
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