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Software Insecurity


Lori MacVittie is a great writer; I love her stuff. But her "Inside Linux" cover story (Feb. 5, 2004) gives the false impression that much of the open-source software released for personal use under the General Public License or Lesser GPL requires commercial users to pay royalties and/or licensing fees. In fact, not only do the GPL and LGPL ban royalties and licensing fees, they prohibit differentiating between user populations.

I believe MacVittie was trying to make the point that users of open-source software can buy optional tech support.

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CatchFIRE Systems
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