[OSGeo-Discuss] Is the integration of FOSS4G and proprietary software good for FOSS4G?

Brian Russo brian at beruna.org
Wed Mar 17 06:29:54 PDT 2010

On Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 2:28 AM, Miguel Montesinos
<mmontesinos at prodevelop.es> wrote:
> 1) Do you think that it may avoid proprietary users to migrate to open
> solutions, as they can benefit of open-source libraries under their
> proprietary software?

It's overwhelmingly a good thing.

If people are using proprietary software that incorporates open source
libraries.. then they are using both open source AND proprietary
software components. "100% open source" purists (in my opinion)
alienate themselves from a large portion of the community. There are
many practical reasons to use proprietary software, I don't see it as
something that ever gets 100% eliminated (in an realistic timeline
relevant to me).

> Besides, this give arguments to proprietary
> manufacturers because of the weakness of open-source software needing to
> run on top of proprietary ones, or to sell out their compatibility with

No more than an argument that proprietary software is weak for
'needing' to leverage open source. And how is selling compatibility
with FOSS4G bad? Isn't that the goal?

Brian Russo / (808) 271 4166

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