The New Open Source Business Model Still Relies on Closed Source

Over the last couple of years a number of different open source business strategies have evolved. According to the 451 Group, it’s an evolution that includes the broader adoption and usage of open source overall by both open source and proprietary software vendors.

Back in 2008, the 451 Group put out a landmark report on open source business strategies. According to 451 Group analyst Matt Aslett there has been some change since then. Among the changes is a decline in the dual-licensing strategy that was once a popular business strategy for vendors aiming to profit from their open source technologies.

“I didn’t expect it to be significant but when I looked at the vendors we analyzed in 2008 16 percent were using dual-licensing strategy,” Aslett, analyst at the 451 Group told InternetNews.com. “In 2010, it’s just 5 percent of the same 114 vendors — that really bears out the fact that there has been a shift away from dual licensing .”

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