[Mono-list] Examples of proprietary code developed on Mono

Julien Gilli julien.gilli@idealx.com
Mon, 04 Apr 2005 14:36:03 +0200

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On Mon, 2005-04-04 at 06:48 -0400, Jonathan Pryor wrote:
> On Mon, 2005-04-04 at 12:33 +0200, Julien Gilli wrote:

> Generally speaking, if it's non-commercial it would be considered to be
> proprietary, even if source code is present, as the non-commercial
> aspect greatly limits the target audience (why work on something you
> can't possibly sell?).

Well, it seems to me that many FOSS projects do it.=20

>   I haven't seen much non-commercial software
> anywhere.

What does make such FOSS projects as gcc, the autotools, GNOME, Apache,
OpenLDAP, and so on inherently commercial to you ?

> > Does the ability to write commercial programs imply that you can make
> > them proprietary ?

> For a majority of companies, Commercial and Proprietary are one and the
> same, as a majority of companies aren't FOSS companies.  So there is a
> strong implication that the ability to write commercial programs means
> you can write proprietary programs, which is why it usually isn't
> necessary to explicitly state that proprietary programs are allowed.

My point is that, even if in most situations, the proprietary concept is
not adequate (because, as you say, some companies do not have any FOSS
activity), it is very much important to differentiate the two concepts
(proprietary and commercial) when it makes sense. I think it makes sense
when we talk about mono, doesn't it ?


Julien Gilli <julien.gilli@idealx.com>

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