I have always wondered why VEX’s software isn’t free (as in freedom) or open source when solutions like PROS are being maintained. Especially when software like VEXcode V5, IQ, etc. are already free (as in $0). There isn’t any incentive when it comes to money.
I could understand why they wouldn’t open the code to the firmware/brain software as they probably don’t want people making their own robots and selling them (although this could be averted with the right license).
I think that making their software free/open source would be a great benefit to both them and the VEX community as a whole. It could let the users contribute and customize the software for their needs. Not only that, but I think that it could give VEX a position as one of the best “open source innovators” potentially boosting their popularity and or revenue.
So why doesn’t VEX license their software under a license like the GPL(v3), MIT, Apache, or etc.?