24 Jun 2002 jooon   » (Journeyer)

raph: haikus are fun. Made my own after reading about yet another company making their own license instead of taking an existing one:

Macromedia Open Source License: Just like IBM / but this baby has our name / Macromedia, Inc

Regarding doing business with dual-licenses. It seems to work for MySQL at least. When I was at LinuxTag about two weeks ago I noticed a nice diagram at the MySQL booth about their business model. A bit messy with lots of colorful boxes and arrows everywhere, but two things stood out. "Generating revenues" on the left side and "Serving Humanity" on the right side. I talked to David Axmark about the serving humanity bit, how he listened to Stallman's ideas, way back before I even got my first computer, and why GPL is good. I forgot to ask about how much of their income come from the dual license part, but I guess if it wasn't a big part, they wouldn't have chosen the dual license style.

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