Open to the Core....

Bradley Kuhn Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy, wrote an interesting perspective piece on open core in 'Does “Open Core” Actually Differ from Proprietary Relicensing?' If you have never read anything from any of the followers of RMS(Richard Stallman) this is an interesting example.  While I appreciate the points there is a distinct lack of reality in what is written.  I love freedom and promote Linux every chance I get.  I want to see it and other free and open source software over take the closed proprietary software.  However, there is a distinct hatred for anyone making money on Free and Open Source software from almost everyone RMS has converted.  The reality is though that people can't support a family without coming up with multiple different was of making money on the products in the Free and Open Source world.  I don't see how selling add-on products, freemium models, and support means that you can't be an open source promoter?  The main point of the article seems to be that making money on Open Source is a bad thing unless it's just for support.  The article does link to some attempts to define the newer "Open Core" with one of the best ones here. 

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.