Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on October 07, 2005 03:36 PM
I fully understand the need to make money, but this decision is flawed.
The GNU GPL allows you to make money, and the FSF encourges you to charge as much money as you can to foster development. The same goes for the GNU LGPL, which you can use if you need to integrate with proprietary software.
I'm guessing/speculating the Nessus people have been offered - or hope to be offered - a large amount of money to let Nessus become part of larger security suite by a proprietary company. The GNU LGPL should be able to help them achieve this. Perhaps Novell or IBM could step in, and convince the Nessus people to reconsider their options with a little money? All three would benefit from that.
At any rate, I think the Nessus people should be looking to other customers who are interested in a free (as in freedom) vulnerability scanner, rather than cave in at the sight of a pile of money. Unfortunately, I'm not very optimistic, as a number of developers over the years have demonstrated that what they really want to do is just code and get a pay check and not run a business that creates code. That requires the ability to find markets, to advertise and so on. None tech stuff, but to hard a science for many hackers.