"Why not offer indemnification rather than the
protection offered by the Open Source Assurance
"Brian M. Stevens: We felt indemnification
would not be the right answer. It's a warranty service. We provide
the assurances that if somebody adopts Linux, if there are issues
in the future, those issues would be resolved. That's something
that we're in a great position to be able to do with the
development team we have.
"Do you see more open-source companies going in this
"Stevens: Yes, it probably makes the most
sense. It's a service that's valuable and manageable because of the
nature of open source where there is full disclosure at all times,
not just to customers but in general if someone is proposing that
their IP has been infringed upon..."