Open Letter to Mark Shuttleworth
I was glad to read today that Sam Varghese is reporting that Mark Shuttleworth doesn't want Canonical, Ltd. to engage in business models that abuse proprietary relicensing powers in a negative way. I wrote below a brief open letter to Mark for him to read when he returns from UDS (since the article said he would handle this in detail upon his return from there). It's fortunate that there is a simple test to see if Mark's words are a genuine commitment for change by Canonical, Ltd. There's a simple action he can take to show if means to follow through on his statement:
There has been a significant amount of interest in the open core licensing strategy since Andrew Lampitt articulated it and its benefits for combining open source and closed source licensing.
There remains considerable confusion about exactly what the open core licensing strategy is, however, which is strange since the term arrived fully packaged with a specific definition, courtesy of Andrew. Recently I have begun to wonder whether many of the people that use the term open core regularly have even read Andrew’s post.