At TensorX, we are passionate about Open Source software. We are end Users, we are also Developers and we also build solutions.
The founders of the company have been very active proponents of Open Source software, contributed to community, events, hackathons among the technical community.
For anybody wondering, what it is Open Source and why Open Source is so much beyond code, please read the annotated definition at https://opensource.org/osd-annotated
The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is a very good place to learn about the working model in real world. Please visit https://opensource.org/faq
Open Source as a model of producing intellectual property takes on a life of it's own, whenever the following elements come together:
Taking the elements mentioned above and,
- introducing the concept of meritocracy
- define a model of software licensing (ASL 2.0) which is pragmatic and also contains both a patent grant and a patent retaliation clause, the Apache Community has grown from strength to strength.
Independent visionary Open Source projects like Docker, SaltStack, P4 among so many others, have flourished in both community and commercial ecosystems thanks to the Apache Software Licensing model adopted.
100% greed and 100% ideology represent the two extremes, with diminishing returns as we get to the future.
A Copyright is a legal right created by the law of a country that grants the creator of an original work exclusive rights for its use and distribution.
The author of a software source code, actually owns the Copyright for a limited period of time. Under the US copyright law, the term is author's life plus 70 years.
The US Copyright Law can be read at http://www.copyright.gov/title17/
A good overview of the Copyright concept and the various licensing models is discussed in Andrew M. St. Laurent'book, Understanding Open Source and Free Software Licensing.
We live in a world, where innovation using multiple software licences is seen across different layers of the software stack.
A good example of this practical approach is the Android operating system. A good analysis can be read at http://arstechnica.com/uncategorized/2007/11/why-google-chose-the-apache-software-license-over-gplv2/
So be free and open !