Thoughts on Open Source Software

OSS has grown up, it came a long way from basement hacking by students to “openness” of software by multi-national enterprises that we have today, though luckily the first group is still there creating innovative, sometimes genius sparks, and sharing it with the world. In our company we fully tap into the OSS ecosystem and try to give back as much as possible by using OSS, raising bugs and giving feedback.
Still there is the confusion OSS means free (as free beer). I wan to raise this following the discussion caused b the change of license for the ZK Ajax Framework (GPL to LGPL, creating CE, PE and EE edition). If you use a library for your commercial projects and expect certain quality and support for it, you can’t expect the company behind it to work completely for free. Its business not charity work, and in this case you still can access the sourcecode, you can download all the editions and if you are happy with the community edition (CE) it is still perfect if you dont want to pay money.
On the other side, it shows it is smarter to start from the very beginning with a dual license scheme as a software shop, free and “less free”, then you never trigger a discussion about this at a later stage  !

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