OpenERP Webclient proprietär

Wouter Tebbens wouter at
Mon Sep 27 15:41:20 UTC 2010

Hi there!
On 09/27/2010 04:58 PM, Bernhard Reiter wrote:
> Am Donnerstag, 23. September 2010 01:16:39 schrieb David Gerard:
>> On 22 September 2010 22:51, Hugo Roy<hugo at>  wrote:
>>> Le mercredi 22 septembre 2010 à 17:51 +0100, David Gerard a écrit :
>>>> On 22 September 2010 17:21, Anastasios Hatzis<anh at>  wrote:
>>>>> On Wed, 2010-09-22 at 17:12 +0200, Bernhard Reiter wrote:
>>>>>> It is proprietary business on top. Just like the neo-proprietary
>>>>>> business people do it, like SugarCRM.
>>>>> Bernhard, would you mind explaining "neo-proprietary"? Thanks.
> I have no good reference for neo-proprietary at hand.
> I've meant that those companies are advertising a "free software" edition
> and they have a lot of proprietary extensions. Often you only get support
> for the proprietary stuff.
>>>> Technically free software that isn't in practical application, I'd
>>>> think.
> Your description matches some of the symptoms, but it does not seem to be
> enough to let a reader decide which is "neo-proprietary" or not.
>>> In the case of SugarCRM, isn't it about "Open Core"?
>>> Just a guess,
>> The name changes, the concept remains the same ;-)
> Yes, some people seems to call stuff "open core". I also do not have a good
> explanation for that term at hand. Just two observations: the "neo"
> in "neo-proprietary" does not seem to fit perfectly, this proprietary
> business modell seems to be quite old. Often it went by "dual licensing".
> "Open Core" is giving readers the wrong idea, as it sounds positive,
> but I have only found uses where it was actually a proprietary business,
> not a Free Software based one.
Here's a quote from the FLOSSresearch project:
"Open Core (previously called “split Free Software/proprietary” or 
“proprietary value-add”): this model distinguishes between a basic Free 
Software and a proprietary version, based on the Free Software one but 
with the addition of proprietary plug-ins."

Note that Dual licensing is actually a different model, though also an 
effort to make business around proprietary software.

Fortunately, the "open core" form of locking people into proprietary 
hooks accounts only for 52 out of 451 of the free software projects that 
they researched, and the dominant model is "fully free software".

Wouter Tebbens
Free Knowledge Institute /Unlocking the knowledge society/
Free Technology Academy /Online education about Free Software/

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