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Quoting Giampaolo Tomassoni <Giampaolo@Tomassoni.biz>:
>> No, ClamAV is a VENDOR that happens to be part of the open software
> So ClamAV should obey to the rules governing the open-software community.
> One is that everybody is free to run it own copy of the software, in
> whichever shape he/she likes it.
It isn't the software per se that is the problem, it is the virus
database subscription... If you want to maintain your own virus
database, you can run as old a version of clamav software as you want.
Asking clamav to support definitions for old versions is like asking
other vendors to keep supplying updates for old versions. At some point]
they stop providing updates. At some point, clamav stops providing updates.
If you don't want the updates, you can keep using the software, in both
> This is not a matter of missing upgrades. This is a matter of proactively
> breaking running systems.
By using their database updates, you agree to their terms... This is nothing
to do with the software. If it broke anything but the clamav software,
that is really your fault, not theirs.
> This is a good point of view which I can easily endorse. But we are still
> speaking of stopping working systems. We are not speaking about introducing
> a backward incompatibility.
Actually, we are talking about both (breaking working clamav services
because of a backward incompatibility with new signatures). You can avoid
it by not using their new signatures, or by upgrading your clamav software.
-- Eric Rostetter The Department of Physics The University of Texas at Austin Go Longhorns! _______________________________________________ Help us build a comprehensive ClamAV guide: visit http://wiki.clamav.net http://www.clamav.net/support/ml