OT: reasoning behind open vs. closed SSH

Christian Vogel chris at obelix.hedonism.cx
Tue Nov 25 18:35:16 EST 2003

Hi Ben,

On Mon, Nov 24, 2003 at 10:09:05PM -0600, Ben Lindstrom wrote:
> >   2 - legal liability
> This one has urked me.  Everyone keeps claiming, "Oh closed source
> products are better due to legal liability."  However when you ask any
> commerical company if they will pay for any product destruction or breach
> to a system.  You'll see most of them laugh you out of the room.

It's not about what the contract or license-agreement says,
it's just about what the pointy-haired *think* when they buy something
from $BIGNAME. Say, if they feel that some bug was introduced very negligent,
they might just want to sue $BIGNAME anyhow, instead of 100 different
individuals in the Free/OpenSource case...[1]


[1] This is not meant as an judgement about ssh.com but rather about
	commercial software in general!

The problem with bad plans is, for each one created, there's an
idiot somewhere willing to carry it out -- Kirk Mitchell

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