Brussels / 30 & 31 January 2016


Why Open Core Licensing Sucks!!

Open-core or partially proprietary licensing model is worse than fully proprietary licensing model

Newer open source projects are embracing "Open Core" licensing model, where key parts of the software are restricted under a proprietary license. This model is deceiving and worse than a fully proprietary licensing model. This talk discusses the threats of open core model and how to successfully build a fully free commercial software.

It has become a trend to start as fully open source project until it reaches a critical mass adoption and then switch to a partially proprietary model. Typically, management user interface or some high-end features are restricted to commercial customers. Open source community is treated like a bunch of hackers and hobbyists. There isn't a really good reason to adopt open core model.

  • Proprietary vs Open Core vs Open Source vs Free Software
  • How to commercialize Free software?
  • How to get venture funding and still stay Open source?
  • Impact of GNU (A)GPL vs Apache License for commercial software?


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