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Untangle: Benefits of Free Software Along with Benefits of Commercialization

Jun 28, 2007, 00:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Oram)

"Untangle could turn out to be a poster child for free software. The company started out considering both free and proprietary software for its platform, but settled on a flat-out, pure-play open source approach. In return, they demonstrate the kinds of enhancements a commercial firm can make to free software in a range of areas commonly known as productizing.

"Untangle is an integrated computer security solution aimed at small businesses (about 250 employees or fewer). Today they unveil their Untangle Gateway Platform, billed as 'the world's first commercial-grade open source solution for blocking spam, spyware, viruses, adware and unwanted content on the network...'"

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