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NewsForge: New MandrakeSoft Licensing Scheme Similar to Trolltech's, Says V.P.

Dec 18, 2002, 23:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tina Gasperson)

"Rumors of MandrakeSoft 'stepping back' from Free Software are not true, says Gael Duval, v.p. of the Paris, France Linux distribution company.

"Yes, they have released their latest product, the Mandrake Multiple Network Firewall, with a dual licensing scheme that would have commercial users signing up under a more restrictive license. But, says Duval, 'It's just about providing an additional choice for a given product--we aren't moving at all toward a proprietary model.'

"'After all, people who want GPL can use the GPL, and others can use the Commercial License,' says Duval. 'It's really close to what TrollTech does with Qt--which is supported by RMS himself as far as I know--or MySQL AB with MySQL...'"

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