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To Open Source or not to Open Source - that is the question. Or is it? Open Source has matured into a robust development model, and many businesses that shied away from it are reconsidering it. The good news these days is that Open Source is no longer an all-or-nothing choice. What Is a Dual-Licensing Model?A dual-licensing model is a business model in which a company that markets a commercial software product gives its licensees the choice of two licensing models: Open Source and closed source (or "proprietary"). In this business model, a customer can choose to license the software under the terms of an Open Source license such as the GNU General Public License (GPL). Open Source licenses let licensees sublicense the product's source code to multiple levels of sub-licensees, but require re-licensing in source code format, usually on identical terms. Alternatively, ... (more)

i-Technology Viewpoint: Mark My Words - Trademarks and Open Source

In programmer heaven, all software is open source software. Solving problems is as easy as downloading the code you need - none of which comes with any nasty copyright baggage - and the only part you need to write for yourself is the coolest, most interesting algorithm, which compiles, runs, and works on the first try. Naturally, there aren't software patents in heaven, either: I don't think there are any patent examiners who could get through the pearly gates, do you? When you get there though, I would think twice about using that little red hat logo. Programmers, now politici... (more)