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SaaS vs OSS - Fight or flight, round #2 - ScyllaDB
Another perspective in the "community" or custom open-ish license firestorm
opensource  license 
december 2018 by tobym
How we are building a self-sustaining open-source business in the cloud era
TimescaleDB is adding an open-core free-as-in-beer restricted "community license" which prevents people from simply offering TimescaleDB-as-a-service. Core will remain licenses under Apache 2.0., and enterprise stuff remains(?) under an enterprise license. Similar to Confluent's recent change. Not really a fan of calling it "community" license though, as it's pretty clearly designed for their own business which is fine but shouldn't use misleading terms.
december 2018 by tobym
SFOSC :: Sustainable Free and Open Source Communities
Welcome! This is a place dedicated to the discussion, creation, and evolution of Sustainable Free and Open Source Communities. We are organized around the development of a set of shared principles that we believe lead to healthy, sustainable open source communities.

Our conception of community is an expansive one - it covers developers, users, evangelists, venture capitalists - anyone who believes that software is better when it is built in a community, and that communities are formed because of a shared understanding between people.

In addition to the principles, we intend to publish a set of ready to use social contracts. These social contracts can be adopted by free and open source software projects, and go in to detail the expectations of the community around: leadership, contribution, codes of conduct, monetary investment, and more. We’re still working on those. :)

If you’re considering starting an open source project, and you intend to start a business around it, you might be interested in our explanation of the various open source business models. This includes why some create more sustainable communities than others.

Finally, you might want to read the book on the thought process and research that went in to the creation of SFOSC. It provides a detailed background of the initial motivations behind the community, and the framework by which the principles were created.
business  opensource  community  license 
december 2018 by tobym
Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation
tl;dr it's generally okay to sell an exception to embed free software in non-free other software, because of business strategy. Apparently this is not the same as dual licensing, though I'm not sure why.
gnu  fsf  license  gpl 
december 2018 by tobym

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