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Support is also a motivator for taking a commercial licence: your open source licenced version will be only supported by the community, but by selling support alongside your commercial-licenced version[1] you can add value for your clients.

Copyright attribution becomes an important factor here, though: for Castle (say) to sell a closed source version and maintain an open source version, anyone submitting code to the open source one would in practice have to transfer the copyright to Castle for them to do with as they wish. Once it's open sourced, though, it can never be closed again: even if future development only happens in the closed branch, the open version can live on.

[1] Of course, you can still sell support and services without having a closed source version.

 is a RISC OS UserJaffa on 15/8/06 2:46PM
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