OpenERP Webclient proprietär

Georg C. F. Greve greve at
Tue Sep 28 09:34:32 UTC 2010

On Monday 27 September 2010 16.58:50 Bernhard Reiter wrote:
> 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.

Indeed. In the 80s we called it "crippleware."

Unfortunately it would more aptly be called "abuseware" today because many of 
them claim towards their customers that they are "Open Source" - with all the 
implications this brings - which is a case of false advertising that abuses 
the Free Software brand.

So I'd say that is as topical as it was 15 
months ago. Heck. meanwhile even Gartner caught on to this:

Unfortunately too many in our community don't seem to care about customers 
being misled. In one case I've even seen an "Open Source Award" going to such 
a product and company, actively encouraging the cannibalization of Free 
Software this represents. And customer protection has not yet caught on.

So there is a vacuum of enforcement around these terms, it seems, rendering 
them increasingly useless, which is bad for all of us, as we lose a means of 
transporting what differentiates us from proprietary software.

Best regards,

Georg C. F. Greve <greve at>
Member of the General Assembly
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