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In an effort to keep code for the Elasticsearch project untainted by proprietary bits, Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Monday released a downstream distribution called Open Distro for Elasticsearch that the company promises is "100 per cent open source" under the Apache 2.0 license. Elasticsearch is an open source distributed …

  1. Charlie Clark Silver badge

    Slightly confused

    If the project is apache licensed then it can't contain proprietary code. I'm not familiar with the details, but presumably this has something to do with add-ons to the project that are dual-licensed. Otherwise, Perens is right: going open source make affect your ability to make money. There is a risk that companies like Amazon will dominate the SaaS market because of open source, but this is more about business models (and financial leverage) than anything else.

  2. Teiwaz

    Customers who care about open source

    "there is an extreme lack of clarity as to what customers who care about open source are getting and what they can depend on."


    With them, the only 'care' is probably lawyers concern over future liability.

    Google might have done better to care more at the time about Oracle and Java.

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