Subject: Re: www.oreilly.com -- Tangled Webs: What Gives Them the Right?
From: Ben Laurie <ben@algroup.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 27 Nov 1999 23:26:31 +0000

Russell Nelson wrote:
> 
> Tim O'Reilly writes:
>  > Russell Nelson wrote:
>  > >
>  > > Tim O'Reilly writes:
>  > >  > Russell Nelson wrote:
>  > >  > >   o In the software world, anyone can write a replacement for anyone
>  > >  > >     else's program, or library, or can change that program on the fly.
>  > >  > >     Nobody is fined or failed for this.
>  > >  >
>  > >  > This is not true, and was the point of the article.
>  > >
>  > > Well, there's three possible responses to this:
>  > >
>  > >   o If you tow something using a car which is not suited for towing,
>  > >     and you break something, you just toasted your warranty.
>  > >     Different products are designed for different purposes.
>  >
>  > Yeah, that was Microsoft's claim, but it was completely bogus.
> 
> Not necessarily.  Every boxed piece of software comes with a warranty.
> Free software cannot, and that's one of the things that people don't
> like about free software.

Why can't it? How is it different from proprietary software in this
respect?

Cheers,

Ben.

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