[pmwiki-users] Commercialism in PmWiki (was: Google Analytics)

Dominique Faure dominique.faure at gmail.com
Fri Aug 25 04:50:22 CDT 2006

On 8/24/06, Patrick R. Michaud <pmichaud at pobox.com> wrote:
> One may reasonably ask "If PmWiki is available under the GPL,
> why would anyone pay for a traditional license?"  The answer
> is that, believe it or not, there are businesses and
> organizations that have policies restricting the use of
> GPL software, or that can only used software that has been
> purchased and has an asset tag, invoice, or purchase order
> for it.  Or, they may just wish to have a more traditional
> vendor relationship.  (For some people it's much easier
> to tell managers and bosses "I need XX dollars to buy
> this excellent software package" than to say "I'm going to
> use this excellent software package I downloaded off the
> Internet.")

>From my own experience at trying (mostly unsuccessfully) to introduce
GPL software in the organizations I worked for: The most frequently
arguments put forward against using GPL licensed code was literally
"if it breaks, who may I complain to?". Thus the use of commercial
license would help identifying clearly, who is in charge of the
software itself by defining him *contractually* as the ultimate
support request recipient. That's all.


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