In the open source community, software vendors must balance respect for the greater community, transparency, innovation, and a strict adherence to authenticity with the challenges of creating long-lasting businesses—ideally beyond supporting development through services only. It’s simple. If you don’t generate some degree of business, you also lose the ability to create.
Drawing on his decades of experience implementing different monetization strategies in the open source community, including selling MySQL to Sun Microsystems and launching a new product license as CTO of MariaDB, Monty Widenius explores open source monetization options and ways to generate funds necessary for software development while balancing the needs of a dedicated community. Monty looks at the benefits and drawbacks of licensing models—including closed source, open core, dual-licensing, and the new Business Source License—reviewing how each option balances the critical relationship between freedom, transparency, and innovation on one side and successful and sustainable business practices on the other.
Monty Widenius is the “spiritual father” of MariaDB and one of the original developers of MySQL, the predecessor to MariaDB. A renowned advocate of the open source software movement, Monty continues to stay involved hands-on in the development of MariaDB. Monty has served on the boards of MariaDB Corporation and the MariaDB Foundation, the nonprofit organization charged with promoting, protecting, and advancing the MariaDB codebase, community, and ecosystem, where he was also CTO. Previously, he was a founder of SkySQL and the CTO of MySQL AB until its sale to Sun Microsystems (now Oracle). Monty was also the founder of TCX DataKonsult AB (a Swedish data warehousing company). He is the coauthor of the MySQL Reference Manual. Monty was awarded in 2003 the Finnish Software Entrepreneur of the Year prize and in 2015 was selected as one of the 100 most influential persons in the Finnish IT market. Monty studied at the Helsinki University of Technology.
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