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02.13.14

The Unethical Business of Semi ‘Open Source’ (Proprietary Disguised as Open)

Posted in Free/Libre Software at 11:37 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Examples of some bits of software that are not really FOSS but sure are (mis)using the “Open Source” brand

I RECENTLY had the horrible experience of spending weeks of my life wrestling with proprietary software that masquerades as “open” (for marketing). I needed to reverse-engineer some bits. A simple upgrade script, for example, is sold for just over $10,000. Without naming the company at hand, I only wish to say that fake ‘open source’ companies can be worse than proprietary because they use false marketing to seduce people and then act like predators. Over the past few weeks we have accumulated the articles below, highlighting what we believe to be fake ‘open source’ software and traps to watch out for. If we misclassified some of the examples below, then it simply means that the companies have done a terrible marketing job or are simply refusing to talk about freedom.

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