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Aug 21, 2003, 10:00 (15 Talkback[s])
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"Q: Can you start by giving us a brief rundown of how you became an open-source advocate?

"A: I became an open-source guy because we're a privately owned company, a family business that's been around for 30 years, making products and being a good member of society. We've never been sued, never had any problems paying our bills. And one day I got a call that there were armed marshals at my door talking about software license compliance...I thought I was OK; I buy computers with licensed software. But my lawyer told me it could be pretty bad.

"The BSA had a program back then called 'Nail Your Boss,' where they encouraged disgruntled employees to report on their company...and that's what happened to us. Anyways, they basically shut us down...We were out of compliance I figure by about 8 percent (out of 72 desktops)..."

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