Commercial licensing of open sourced applications

2007-12-20

    I am thinking of releasing logview4net under a commercial license as well as the BSD license I am using now. This would enable users in organizations that dislike open source to use the application anyway.

    Besides the political issues I need something else to motivate an organization to pay for something that is given away for free. There is at least one new listener coming up and I could definitively release updates earlier to commercial users. I don’t like having to manage two code bases so the compiler savvy could always get the latest version from SourceForge. I guess I could include the source and documentation in the commercial package if someone wants to run the application without internet access. On that note I could offer email notification to commercial customers when there are new updates.

    Do you have any thoughts on this?