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Thread: Do we need a commercial license?

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    Join Date
    Jul 2006

    Question Do we need a commercial license?


    Having tested and also made some presentations of capabilities of Pentaho, we would like use Pentaho's platform, reporting and analysis parts. And also the portlets Pentaho supplies in order to use them in a JBoss Portal.

    First question: in what part Pentaho's portlets are included?

    For Pentaho's platform, reporting and analysis I know that licenses are MPL, LGPL and CPL.

    So, can we use and develop products including these Pentaho parts without cost and without open sourced our code?

    Thank you to respond to this important question that determines out Pentaho adoption!


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    dmoran Guest



    It's great news that your evaluation of Pentaho went well!

    All of the projects that are part of the Pentaho suite have unrestricted open source licenses except for Weka (Data Mining.) Weka is released under the GPL license. For the rest of the suite, you are free to use, distribute and embed without having to buy any licenses or open source your own product. This includes the portlets you asked about.

    Although you have no obligation to Pentaho, I hope you remain good open source community member and provide feedback, share successes and contribute anything that could help the project and other people.

    Here is a summary of the products and licenses:

    Pentaho Platform is MPL,
    Pentaho Design Studio is MPL,

    Pentaho Reporting Engine is LGPL,
    Pentaho Reporting Designer is MPL,
    Pentaho Reporting Design Wizard is MPL,

    Pentaho Analysis Server (Mondrian) is CPL,
    Pentaho Cube Designer is MPL,

    Pentaho Data Integration (Kettle) is LGPL,

    Pentaho Metadata is MPL,

    Pentaho Data Mining is GPL,

    The multitude of licenses is a result of existing open source projects joining Pentaho.


    PS -
    Should you need it - we sell support, certification and training. If you do not want the burden of providing this to your customers, both internal and external, I believe we have a compelling offering. We also have an extensive partner and OEM program that would be beneficial to you since you are building applications on top of Pentaho technology.

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