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Frank Hecker

Good post. A couple of other points to make on this topic: First, even if proprietary software companies do release source code they don't have to do it on full open source terms (witness some of the flavors of Microsoft's "shared source", for example). Availability of source code under restricted terms might make sense in some contexts, and can be fairly straightforwardly reconciled with traditional proprietary software licensing arrangements and maintenance agreements. Second, proprietary software companies do a good job in engaging with the people who sign the checks, the problem typically comes in engaging with people who don't sign checks, and who may not even be customers in a formal sense, e.g., independent consultants, "boutique" SIs and VARs, etc. In the open source world these people are a major source of potential contributors and product evangelists.

Alex Fletcher

As is the case with most things, finding a balance works best. Both proprietary and open source companies stand to benefit most by engaging check signers as well as members of the extended product community. An approach that is quickly becoming less an ideal and more a requirement.

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