Subject: Re: CERT complaints about freely available software
Date: 29 Jul 1996 12:36:06 -0000

L. Peter Deutsch writes:
 > I  agree that CERT's posting is biased in failing to treat paid support for
 > commercial software and paid support for free software on an equal footing.

Well, but, for the sake of truth, they're NOT equal.  The paid support
for commercial software is very often bundled with the price of the
software.  If you're going to treat your support as an insurance
scheme, then you get a bigger pool that way, and you can price your
insurance lower, so more people will buy it.  If, instead, you have to
charge a fee for actual services rendered, then at very least, the
support seems more expensive.

-russ <>
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