Matt Asay is one of my favourite writers on open source. Somehow he manages to hold down a full-time job with the enterprise content management company Alfresco, while blogging like billy-o. As an American working for one of the UK's great free software success stories, he is uniquely qualified to comment on cultural differences in the world of enterprise open source:
Generally speaking, our European customers want our software under an open-source license (GPLv2). North Americans? They want the benefits of open source without the obligations and perceived risk (meaning, they prefer a dual-license approach that allows them to contribute back modifications if they wish, but not out of duty).
So, is that true? Are we Euros all more ethical than the efficiency-loving people across the water?