Should you go with community open source or commercial open source? Find out. We break down the differences and advantages in this blog.
Community open source is source code owned by a community. Open source communities bring people with shared interests together to collaboratively build something. Community open source projects are free and open to the public. And they're bound by a permissive or restrictive license.
Commercial open source is source code owned by a legal entity to generate revenue. Commercial open source software (COSS) refers to a category of companies that commercialize open source technology. This software requires a paid license, bound by the terms of a company’s license.
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According to a recent Forrester Consulting study commissioned by Perforce, 91% of companies who adopt open source either meet or exceed business expectations.
Want to learn more? Download the full study for more insights into how open source software can improve enterprise business outcomes.
Download the Report
There are community open source software (OSS) and commercial open source software (COSS) options for available for virtualization, operating systems, databases, and middleware. COSS is becoming increasingly popular as more vendors are commercializing its open source by building an enterprise edition on top of a community source core.
The commercial versions have added benefits and features that come at a cost. It depends on your project needs to determine the type of open source your organization should choose. Both have similar capabilities but vary within the areas of cost, support, maintenance, security, and licensing.
Commercial open source provides added features and requires people to pay for a license. Community open source software is free but can involve hidden soft costs, such as time spent in fixing vulnerabilities due to slow community response times.
Here are the benefits and drawbacks of commercial open source software.
Here are the benefits and drawbacks of community open source.
Here are questions you need to ask when choosing between commercial or community open source.
The decision to choose commercial or community software comes down to the depth and breadth of the projects, budgets, and use cases. There are situations to invest in commercial backing for your open source development and other times to implement a free solution. Consult with your team or talk to an expert architect for advice before you make your decision.
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