Noting that free downloads of its OpenWorkstation product are
still available, Caldera has issued a defense of its "per system"
licensing practice, reported here two days ago.
"Caldera lost $900,000 per week net last quarter, and
Hughes justifies the licensing fee on the grounds that customers
want to know the company will be in a shape to stick around.
"We are in business to make money ... listening to our
customers, they want a global and viable company," said Hughes.
"Developers need to have a company that is there that is going to
be there for the long-term. "
...Caldera had received many requests that it continue free
downloads, many of which had come from freeloaders. "That's when
you find your customers aren't really your customers," said