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Linux-Watch: Open Source as Software Obsolescence Insurance

Jul 11, 2006, 01:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Lance Ulanoff, my colleague at PC Magazine, has a problem. One of his favorite applications is the Macromedia vector-based drawing tool, Freehand. Those of you who pay close attention to software as a business already know where this tale is going.

"Macromedia was bought out by Adobe Systems last year. Guess who owns Freehand's chief rival, Illustrator? Why, yes, it's Adobe.

"So, Lance went in to talk to Adobe about their plans for Freehand... I'll make a long story short: the future doesn't look good for Freehand..."

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