List of formerly proprietary software
In some cases, the company continues to publish proprietary releases alongside the non-proprietary version.
|Title||Original release||Relicensed release||New license||Notes|
|Adobe Flex||2004||2007||MPL||Since renamed to Apache Flex and changed to Apache License 2.0|
|AdvFS||1990s||2008||GPL v2||HP opened up AdvFS from Tru64 UNIX.|
|AOLserver||1999||GPL / modified MPL|||
|Apache Derby||1996||2004||Apache License 2.0||Relational database management system originally called Cloudscape; released as free and open-source software by IBM in 2004 and donated to the Apache Software Foundation|
|Apache Wave||2009||2009||Apache License||Formerly Google Wave.|
|BDS C Compiler||1979||2002||Public domain||Released by author|
|Bitstream Vera (font)||2003||custom||Through the efforts of Bitstream and the GNOME Foundation|
|Catacomb II||1991||2014||GPL v2|||
|Catacomb Abyss||1992||2014||GPL v2|||
|Catacomb Armageddon||1992||2014||GPL v2|||
|Catacomb 3D||1991||2014||GPL v2|||
|Coherent||1980||2015||3-clause BSD License|||
|CuneiForm||1993||2008||BSD||Optical character recognition software|
|Dink Smallwood||1998||2003||zlib-like||Some game data (e.g. sounds) not released under a free license.|
|Doom engine||1993||1999||GPL||Code only. Originally released under a restrictive license in 1997|
|Duke Nukem 3D||1996||2003||GPL||Game code only, no data, no engine.|
|Etherpad||2008||2009||Apache License 2.0||Open sourced after being purchased by Google|
|FAR Manager||1996||2007||BSD||Version 2.0 released as open source.|
|Free Download Manager (FDM)||2003||2007||GPL||Free since version 2.5|
|GEM||1985||1999||GPL||Development continued as OpenGEM and FreeGEM.|
|Gentium (font)||2002||2005||OFL||Through the efforts of SIL International|
|GLX||1990s||2008||SGI FreeB License|||
|Hovertank 3D||1991||2014||GPL v2|||
|ILWIS||1988||2007||GPL||Released as free and open-source software by ITC|
|id Tech 2||1997||2001||GPL|
|id Tech 3||1999||2005||GPL|
|id Tech 4||2004||2011||GPL||The released version is the source code to Doom 3; source code to newer id Tech 4 games has yet to be released. Changes to the code had to be made to avoid use of the patented Carmack's Reverse.|
|JaikuEngine||2006||2009||Apache License 2.0|||
|Java||1995||2006–2007||GPL||On 13 November 2006, Sun Microsystems released much of Java as free software under the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL). On 8 May 2007 Sun finished the process, making all of Java's core code free and open source, aside from a small portion of code to which Sun did not hold the copyright.|
|Jumper 2.0||2007||2008||GPL||Publicly announced on 29 September 2008,|
|Korn shell||1982||2000||custom; now CPL|
|LightZone||2005||2012||3-clause BSD||Company went out of business|
|Marathon 2: Durandal||1995||2000||GPL||Only the code was released under the GPL. Now known as Aleph One|
|MegaZeux||GPL||Both the code and the world files and music files are made freely available.|
|Movable Type||2001||2007||GPL||Weblog software|
|NetBeans||1997||2007||GPL, CDDL||An integrated development environment (IDE) for Java and other programming languages|
|Netscape Enterprise Server||2009||BSD||Sun Microsystems open sourced it.|
|Netscape Navigator/Communicator||1994||1998||MPL||See Mozilla|
|OpenGL sample implementation||1992||2008||SGI FreeB License|||
|Open Sound System||1992||2007||GPL, CDDL|
|OpenWRT||?||2003||GPL||As Linksys built the firmware for their WRT54G wireless router also from GPL'ed code, they were required to make the source code available in July 2003.|
|Performance Co-Pilot||1993||1999||GPL, LGPL|
|Qt||1991||1999||QPL||First released as open source under the QPL. Later released as GPL. Qt 4.5 and later are released under the LGPL. Until 2005 the Windows version was only under proprietary license.|
|Quake engine||1996||1999||GPL||The map sources were also released under the GPL in 2006.|
|Rebol||1997||2012||Apache license 2.0||Following the discussion with Lawrence Rosen, the Rebol version 3 interpreter was released under the Apache 2.0 license on 12/12/2012.|
|Rise of the Triad||1994||2002||GPL||Only the code was released under the GPL.|
|Second Life client||2003||2007||GPL v2|
|SimCity||1989||2007||GPL v3||Free version released as 'Micropolis' |
|Solaris||1989||2005||CDDL||Free version released as OpenSolaris|
|Source Code Control System||1972||2006||CDDL|
|StarOffice||1986||2000||LGPL/SISSL||Free version released as LibreOffice (licensed under the LGPL) and Apache OpenOffice (licensed under the Apache License)—have become its dominant successors.) StarOffice was still released separately under a proprietary license, using mostly the same code, until its discontinuing in 2011; Sun required all contributors to the main OpenOffice.org project assign joint copyright to Sun.|
|Synfig||2001||2005||GPL||Some more information is available on the Synfig history page.|
|Tesseract OCR||1985||2005||Apache License 2.0||Released as free and open-source software by HP and UNLV|
|Torque 3D||2001||2012||MIT License||Developed for Tribes 2. Released as free and open-source software by Dynamix|
|Warzone 2100||1999||2004||GPL||Video game by Eidos Interactive|
|Watcom C compiler||1988||2003||Sybase Open Watcom Public License||Free version released as Open Watcom under a license which is considered non-free by the GNU project but acceptable by the OSI.|
|XMind||2007||2008||EPL and LGPL||Mindmapping software based on the Eclipse RCP|
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- Thom Holwerda. "CDE released as open source". OSNews. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
- Dave Lounsbury. "How the Operating System Got Graphical". The Open Group. Retrieved 2012-09-27.
- "Coherent UNIX clone goes Open Source".
- "Dink Smallwood Source License Information". Code Dojo. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
- Free Download Manager » Blog Archive » FDM 2.5 is released!
- open.itworld.com - JAVAONE: Sun - The bulk of Java is open sourced
- NEWS-Jumper_Networks_Releases_Jumper_2.0_Platform.pdf "Jumper Networks Press Release for Jumper 2.0" (PDF). Jumper Networks, Inc. 29 September 2008.
- "ICS MotifZone". October 2012. Retrieved October 2012.
- jyri virkki (2009-01-13). "Announcing Open Source Web Server". sun.com. Archived from the original on 2009-02-09. Retrieved 2012-04-23.
- "NETSCAPE ANNOUNCES PLANS TO MAKE NEXT-GENERATION COMMUNICATOR SOURCE CODE AVAILABLE FREE ON THE NET".
- "MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Netscape Communications and open source developers are celebrating the first anniversary, March 31, 1999, of the release of Netscape's browser source code to mozilla.org".
- Linksys WRT54G and the GPL on lkml (7 Jun 2003)
- The Open Source WRT54G Story By Aaron Weiss (November 08, 2005)
- Linksys Releases GPLed Code for WRT54G on slashdot (July 2003)
- "REBOL to become open source". Rebol.com. 2012-09-25. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
Sassenrath, Carl (2012-12-12). "Comments on: R3 Source Code Released!". rebol.com. Retrieved 2014-08-14.
You probably thought the source release would never happen? Am I right? Well, it's there now in github at github.com/rebol/rebol.
- "Micropolis Downloads". Donhopkins.com. Retrieved 2012-04-23.
Proffitt, Brian (October 13, 2000). "StarOffice Code Released in Largest Open Source Project". linuxtoday.com. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
Sun's joint effort with CollabNet kicked into high gear on the OpenOffice Web site at 5 a.m. PST this morning with the release of much of the source code for the upcoming 6.0 version of StarOffice. According to Sun, this release of 9 million lines of code under GPL is the beginning of the largest open source software project ever.
- Watcom on gnu.org