The core of RapidMiner is open source

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There have been some major advancements to the RapidMiner platform since this article was originally published. We’re on a mission to make machine learning more accessible to anyone. For more details, check out our latest release.

With the news of Rapid-I now being RapidMiner we thought it would be helpful to reiterate that the core of RapidMiner stays open source. And exactly like for previous versions of RapidMiner, we extend this core and offer this extended functionality only to our customers.

Following this approach, the commercial editions of RapidMiner 6 will better scale up for the analysis of larger data sets and offers more connectors to data sources. At the same time, RapidMiner will change its model to business source, which means that older versions of the software are available under a OSI-certified open source license while the latest version, although still open source for most parts of the product, will only be available as a trial version or under an commercial license.

With every new major version, the newest major version and its updates will be available under this business source license while the previous versions will be licensed under the AGPL v3 just as before. This business source approach offers many of the benefits of an open source model and we consider it superior to the open core model which we have been using so far since the open core model does actually not offer any of the advantages of an open source license to our customers.

As we mentioned above, there have been several major advancements to the RapidMiner platform since this post was originally published. Be sure to check out our latest release.

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Ingo Mierswa

Ingo Mierswa

Ingo Mierswa is the founder and president of RapidMiner and an industry-veteran data scientist since starting to develop RapidMiner at the Artificial Intelligence Division of the TU Dortmund University in Germany. Mierswa, the scientist, has authored numerous award-winning publications about predictive analytics and big data. Mierswa, the entrepreneur, is the founder of RapidMiner. Under his leadership RapidMiner has grown up to 300% per year over the first seven years. In 2012, he spearheaded the go-international strategy with the opening of offices in the US as well as the UK and Hungary. After two rounds of fundraising, the acquisition of Radoop, and supporting the positioning of RapidMiner with leading analyst firms like Gartner and Forrester, Ingo takes a lot of pride in bringing the world’s best team to RapidMiner.