Announcing the new FSL MailScanner Beta yum repository
andrew at gdcon.net
Thu Sep 25 00:14:37 IST 2008
Julian Field wrote:
> I don't want to start any form of argument here, but isn't this like
> all those companies out there who sell MailScanner as a chargeable
> service to all their customers, and then never even consider giving me
> any form of compensation for all the profit they are making out of my
No argument from me - I've had sooo many people wanting to sell ESVA
(which is MS based) that I've lost count - Biggest problem with that
approach is that it's morally bankrupt - I couldn't reasonably charge
for something that isn't mine to sell. OK - I've invested a lot of time
and effort (as well as some money) on building the thing and making it
easy to use, but I've also had a lot of help from others as well. The
only way that I could justify making money out of something like ESVA is
to redistribute some of the profits back to those who provide the
software that makes it work (i.e. Jules ) - and not by selling the
software - you can only sell your time (i.e. support,
managed/professional services, value-add etc.) - which is exactly how I
see the repository: Value add for the MS portions. The rest of the
packages (i.e. ClamAV, SA etc. are free but included in the repository
for convenience and stability. If you don't want to hand-crank
everything there are other (free) options.
> Yes, there are a few very notable exceptions to this (thankyou, you
> know who you are), but there aren't very many who give me anything.
> Most of them take the profit and run, without ever even thinking of
> giving me anything in return.
I've not donated anything but can you make an exception as I don't make
any money either?
> Also, the beta repository is free.
> And any services like this that we may choose to make a charge for, I
> don't directly get any of that money anyway.
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