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FOSS can be sold and often is, for example with support agreements including telephone and rapid patch response, or with services agreements to match configuration to an organization's process workflow.  And there isn't anything wrong with that according to most FOSS licenses.  Indeed, to this day the primary product of [http://www.redhat.com/ RedHat] the most commercially successful open source company ever, is the FOSS operating system Linux.
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Commercial Open Source Software ([http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22commercial+open+source+software%22&btnG=Google+Search COSS]) often contains elements of Free Open Source Software, however limits availability of some generally enhanced functionality to closed proprietary software, thereby creating a potential path to the same old vendor lock-in, and so is not "free" and does not qualify as Free Open Source Software as a whole.  Please only document COSS on this page.
  
Commercial Open Source Software ([http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22commercial+open+source+software%22&btnG=Google+Search COSS]) often contains elements of FOSS, however it also limits availability of some enhanced functionality to closed proprietary software, thereby creating a potential path to the same old vendor lock-in, and so does not qualify as FOSS as a whole.
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Free Open Source Software can be sold and is, for example with support agreements including rapid response, or with service contracts to match configuration to an organization's process workflow, and remain Free Open Source Software, as long as the source code is made available as per the terms of their licenses.  Indeed, the primary product of [http://www.redhat.com/ RedHat], the most commercially successful open source company ever, remains a distribution of the Free Open Source Software operating system Linux.
  
"Dual-licensed open source" is an administration method whereby companies provide software with open source licenses and also license the very same code with a proprietary license for organizations whose procurement systems require one.  The principle with dual-licensed software is the same: it can be FOSS if all versions are made available in a FOSS license approved by the [http://www.opensource.org/ OSI].
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[[Dual-Licensed Software]] that is released under a proprietary license for administration reasons can still be Free Open Source Software if all of the software is also made available under license approved by the [http://www.opensource.org/ OSI].
  
Some examples of COSS are listed below.  [Please only add links to pages describing closed software requiring fees).
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=== COSS Software ===
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Some COSS software applications are listed below.  To include software on the list below <u>a link must be provided to a page describing elements of closed software</u>, i.e. unreleased proprietary code, with or without fees.
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Content Management:
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* [http://www.magnolia.info/en/products/licensing-pricing.html Magnolia]
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CRM:
  
 
* [http://www.concursive.com/buydownload.shtml ConcourseSuite] (formerly Centric)
 
* [http://www.concursive.com/buydownload.shtml ConcourseSuite] (formerly Centric)
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* [http://www.splendidcrm.com/Products/SplendidCRMProfessional/tabid/72/Default.aspx SpendidCRM]
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* [http://www.sugarcrm.com/crm/products/editions.html SugarCRM]
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Document Management:
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* [http://www.epiware.com/products_epiware.php Epiware]
 
* [http://www.epiware.com/products_epiware.php Epiware]
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* [http://www.knowledgetree.com/products/knowledgetree_editions_feature_matrix KnowledeTree]
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Groupware:
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* [http://www.instantogo.com/buy/ OpenGroupware]
 
* [http://www.instantogo.com/buy/ OpenGroupware]
* [http://www.knowledgetree.com/products/knowledgetree_editions_feature_matrix KnowledeTree]
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* [http://www.kolab.org/download.html Kolab] - "These are collateral results of the following commercial activities: Uptodate, tested and supported packages for specific distributions can be ordered from the Kolab Konsortium."
* [http://www.magnolia.info/en/products/licensing-pricing.html Magnolia]
 
 
* [http://www.scalix.com/enterprise/ Scalix]
 
* [http://www.scalix.com/enterprise/ Scalix]
* [http://www.splendidcrm.com/Products/SplendidCRMProfessional/tabid/72/Default.aspx SpendidCRM]
 
* [http://www.sugarcrm.com/crm/products/editions.html SugarCRM]
 
 
* [http://www.zimbra.com/products/product_editions.html Zimbra]
 
* [http://www.zimbra.com/products/product_editions.html Zimbra]
  
Companies that thought about COSS but then decided FOSS was the better strategic decision include:
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* [http://www.alfresco.com/legal/licensing/faq/#faq1 Alfresco]
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* [http://www.project-open.org/license/ project-open]

Latest revision as of 12:39, 6 November 2010

Commercial Open Source Software (COSS) often contains elements of Free Open Source Software, however limits availability of some generally enhanced functionality to closed proprietary software, thereby creating a potential path to the same old vendor lock-in, and so is not "free" and does not qualify as Free Open Source Software as a whole. Please only document COSS on this page.

Free Open Source Software can be sold and is, for example with support agreements including rapid response, or with service contracts to match configuration to an organization's process workflow, and remain Free Open Source Software, as long as the source code is made available as per the terms of their licenses. Indeed, the primary product of RedHat, the most commercially successful open source company ever, remains a distribution of the Free Open Source Software operating system Linux.

Dual-Licensed Software that is released under a proprietary license for administration reasons can still be Free Open Source Software if all of the software is also made available under license approved by the OSI.

COSS Software

Some COSS software applications are listed below. To include software on the list below a link must be provided to a page describing elements of closed software, i.e. unreleased proprietary code, with or without fees.

Content Management:

CRM:

Document Management:

Groupware:

  • OpenGroupware
  • Kolab - "These are collateral results of the following commercial activities: Uptodate, tested and supported packages for specific distributions can be ordered from the Kolab Konsortium."
  • Scalix
  • Zimbra

Project Management: