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From "Jean T. Anderson" <...@bristowhill.com>
Subject Re: [jira] Commented: (DERBY-2390) DOCS - Merge Working with Derby and Getting Started Guide
Date Wed, 14 Mar 2007 19:02:33 GMT
Kim Haase wrote:
> Good question, Dag. I think that distinction is indeed common in the
> software business, actually. We use the verb "productize" (which makes
> me shudder) to describe taking an open-source project and providing
> marketing, support, and so on. So Java DB and Cloudscape would
> ordinarily be considered products, while Derby would not.
> However, I notice that the term "product" occurs from time to time
> within the Derby docs -- so I'm undoubtedly being too fussy about this.

I did a google search for "open source product" and the second hit was
"2006 Open Source Product of the Year":


A google search for "product site:apache.org" also shows other projects
using "product", for example "This is first official release of the
Jakarta BSF product from Apache Software Foundation." in this page:


personally, I wouldn't lose any sleep over using the word "product" to
refer to what an open source project releases.


> Kim
> Dag H. Wanvik wrote:
>> "Kim Haase (JIRA)" <jira@apache.org> writes:
>>> Kim Haase commented on DERBY-2390:
>>> ----------------------------------
>>> On rgsdocs17307.html -- just a few things:
>>> I'm glad you caught the problem with the term "library. I don't
>>> think Derby is technically a product, which implies something that
>>> is sold; so maybe just "Derby documentation" would be a better
>>> title.
>> This piqued my interest, being a non-native speaker. I was not aware
>> that "product" mainly carries this connotation. I thought a product
>> merely meant something made by a process of some kind, cf. for example
>> this definition - entry #1 - I found on dictionary.com, from American
>> Heritage Dictionary:
>> 1. Something produced by human or mechanical effort or by a natural
>> process.
>> I did also find the meaning "commodities offered for sale", but is the
>> latter meaning so predominant that most readers will assume a software
>> "product" necessarily has a price tag?
>> Dag

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