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11 September 2009, 09:50

Survey: "Open Core" least popular open source option

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OpenLogic logo A survey of 118 enterprise IT and development executives conducted by open source solution provider OpenLogic concludes that the "Open Core" model for open source licensing trails behind dual licensing and open source with commercial support, in terms of acceptability to the enterprise.

While 86 per cent of respondents were likely to use open source with a paid support option and 81 per cent were likely to use dual licensed software, only 69 per cent were likely to use "open core" software. Open Core is an open source model where the core of an application is licensed as open source with the vendor selling proprietary modules for specific functionality or interoperability. Although the difference is not huge, the findings could indicate additional hurdles for "open core" vendors when trying to get enterprise adoption.

Looking at the backing of open source, 68 per cent of respondents said they would be likely to use projects backed by multiple vendors and a similar number said they would use projects backed only by a community. Only 58 per cent said they would use a project backed by a single vendor. These findings suggest that what enterprises are looking for ideally is a project backed by a community and multiple vendors, such as the Linux kernel.


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