Companies who do this get neither the benefits of being fully proprietary (full asset value of "IP" on your books etc), nor the benefits of being fully #FreeCode (community goodwill, volunteer contributions etc). Why do they keep doing it? Probably for the same reason other projects are using proprietary #SourceAvailable licenses. Because #VentureCapitalists think its a good idea.
@strypey ...and these companies need to pay the income of their employees, so they either take the venture capital or sell licenses. 🙂
Do you have an example for me, where a company of that size can operate by only producing free software?
Asking because I'm a huge fan of free sofware but also a software developer who likes to get paid. 😅
@winniehell I'm not sure what size Mistpark is, but what about #NextCloud, #Loomio, or #JMP? There's also companies like #RedHat, which are technically support contractors not software creators, but they make a lot of upstream contributions to the software they use. Conversely, here's an example of a startup that failed to fund their team using a proprietary model and decided to free their code (although it didn't save their business):
@winniehell I've been curating a list on the Disintermedia wiki, but sadly the service that hosts us has been offline for a few weeks now. Here's an archived version from late last year:
Note there are a few things that need updating when I find a new wiki host (eg the status of BuckyBox).
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