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CNET News: Mandrake Flirts with Non-Open Source

Dec 17, 2002, 01:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"MandrakeSoft has taken a step away from the open-source philosophy, changing license terms for a Linux-based firewall so customers that want product support may no longer install the software on as many computers as they wish.

"The company's new Multi Network Firewall (MNF) software is free and ships under an open-source license for those who don't need support, Paris-based MandrakeSoft said Thursday. But if customers want support, they must buy a version covered by a different, more restrictive license.

"'Our goal is also to sell directly more expensive products to customers,' said MandrakeSoft co-founder Gael Duval, adding that the product is still priced to undercut competitors such as Check Point Software..."

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