[Mediawiki-l] Please convince me to make my software open source

Kurt M. Weber kmw at outwardhosting.com
Mon Jan 18 18:17:54 UTC 2010

Bernard at bernardHulsman.nl wrote:
> We have build many extensions to improve the functionality of MediaWiki. 
> It is for
> Enterprise use as Knowledge management infrastructure. The name of the 
> extensions and additional
> functionality is Wikibox Blue. The software is propriety.
> It can be hosted as SAAS
> Today there has been a request if automatic signing of thread is 
> possible in the discussion page.
> This is standard functionality in WikiForum. Which can be used in the 
> talk namespace.
> But it is propriety software. So it can not be used.
> My question is here : Please convince me I have to make my propriety 
> software open source.
You really shouldn't make it open source.  If your business model at all 
involves making money directly off these extensions, then open-sourcing 
it will remove any barrier whatsoever to people paying you for them.  
It's simply absurd.

Kurt M. Weber
kmw at outwardhosting.com

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