Thoughts about software licensing

Dan Bricklin's written a bit on a topic that's been indirectly on my mind lately. It has to do with BlogBridge, the Blogging tool that I've been developing as a back room project for a while now (I post periodic updates, so you might have seen them.)

Anyway, the connection is that starting sometime next month when I wrap up my current consulting project I will be devoting more time on BlogBridge to see if I can't get it to a real stable and usable form, and who knows, try to sell it? Progress has been accelerating lately - there's another developer working on it part time now (Aleksey, in the Ukraine) and things are coming along nicely.

So in my future will be the question of a software license. Right now all the code is open source and the source in fact is all available free to anyone on I haven't spent a whole lot of time thinking about it, but I think I can make sense out of having a commercial ("for pay") license of the running, supported, tested and deployed version of an open source product.

Coupled with the fact that BlogBridge will have a service component which will be hosted on, which opens the door to a subscription model as well. I think you'll like that when you hear about it :-)

Anyway, I will write more about my plans as they evolve. For now, I just wanted to point to Dan's interesting pieces.
Posted on April 29, 2004 and filed under Technology.