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Re: [Clamav-users] As soon as Sourcefire starts charging for viru s updates,

From: Bryan Johns <bjohns_at_nospam>
Date: Tue Aug 28 2007 - 18:26:23 GMT
To: "ClamAV users ML" <>

On 8/28/07, Bowie Bailey <> wrote:

> Everything is for sale, the only question is the price...

Not to mention the availability of a customer willing and, perhaps more importantly, able to pay said price.

> I'm not worried about ClamAV being acquired. At the moment, everyone is
> saying that there are no plans to change anything. As long as that
> remains the case, the only difference is that there is now some money
> behind the project. If Sourcefire decides to start charging for updates
> some time in the future, I will re-evaluate my usage of ClamAV. Until
> then, I see no reason to worry about it.

Even then, there's already been mention in this thread about forking off an open version and/or the existence of third-party virus db repositories. ClamAV appears to enjoy a great deal of community support in the form of patches, bug fixes, and virus submissions.

SourceFire would be foolish, in my opinion, to throw that away. If I were part of their decision making process I'd recommend keeping it like it is and rolling out an "enterprise" version with an actual help desk for paying customers. It would also be stupid, IMHO, for the community to turn away from ClamAV while a free version with free virus updates were still available just out of anger because an eeeeeeevil corporation bought it and tried to make some $$$. -- Bryan Johns K4GDW "There is a terrible lot of us who don't think that we come from a monkey, but if there are some people who think that they do, why, it's not our business to rob them of what little pleasure they might get out of imagining it." --Will Rogers _______________________________________________ Help us build a comprehensive ClamAV guide: visit