Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 13th Jun 2006 22:16 UTC
GNU, GPL, Open Source It's time for the Windows and Linux communities to drop the religious war and get together in a hurry to put the strengths of each operating system to best use, according to a nationally recognized authority on Windows Server. At the same time, Microsoft has been reaching out to the open-source community to try to find ways to overcome the incompatibilities between software distributed under the GNU General Public License and its own commercial software.
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Ookaze
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2005-11-14

I offer a solution to the thousands of GPL projects: offer a dual license. Put a page on your project site that offers exclusive rights to license the code as desired to any company that pays a one-time sum of... $250,000 USD, for example (use your own judgement)

It's not good enough. Good enough is to pay for 3-5 % of revenue for one year, to pay each quarter (yes, tha'ts a lot of money). Giving MS so much IP for $250 000 is a joke.

If Microsoft really wants to use your code in a proprietary project, then they will pay the price, and you will be happy to compromise your ideals just this once

No you won't, but the money will help your ideals happen. Especially from MS. Paying 3 % of their annual revenue for a project will make them think twice. And I'm not talking things like Linux kernel or Gnome or KDE there, as it would not be 3 %, but rather twice the revenues accumulated from the 7 years before.

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butters Member since:
2005-07-08

"Giving MS so much IP for $250 000 is a joke."

It depends how significant or useful your code is. I orginally typed $1M USD, but I thought I would get the opposite response (that no one would pay a million dollars for some sf.net project).

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