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Sep 24, 2003, 02:30 (7 Talkback[s])
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"Here's why. While Linux operating system vendors such as Red Hat and SuSE benefit from the GPL, application vendors do not. Red Hat will be able to provide businesses with Linux software and support for years to come. Even if they go out of business, there are literally thousands of developers, as well as every major IT company in the world, ready and willing to support your GPL software. Most GPL'ed applications, on the other hand, have very small developer communities outside the companies that support them. Any organization buying application software under the GPL risks losing vendor support if the company fails. Be prepared and understand the risk. The business model has to work.

"Don't get me wrong. The GPL is a good thing. But there are no examples of profitable GPL-only software development companies. Profits are a company's oxygen. You don't want to bet your company's success on a vendor who follows a business model on life support..."

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