[Ilugc] Employee Agreement of a FOSS company

Rahul Sundaram sundaram at fedoraproject.org
Wed Dec 3 17:54:02 IST 2008


Kenneth Gonsalves wrote:
> On Wednesday 03 Dec 2008 3:53:20 pm Rahul Sundaram wrote:
>>> first define what is a 'FOSS company'? The term is unclear. A company
>>> that opensources all the code it produces? Then neither the employer nor
>>> the employee get anything out of the code in terms of IPR. But such a
>>> company will not last for more than 5 minutes.
>> Originally Cygnus and then Red Hat, Mozilla Corporation and others have
>> lasted just a little bit more than that.
> 
> can you confirm that all code produced by Red Hat is opensourced? If so, 
> obviously neither the programmer or the company directly gets money out of 
> it.

Let's assume that is true but it still disproves the notion that pure 
open source entities are not sustainable. That was shattered by Cygnus 
back in 1989.

http://www.toad.com/gnu/cygnus/index.html

Rahul



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