Q&A Why aren't NoVirusThanks' free programs open source?

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I could understand why their paid products like their Anti-EXE is not FOSS, but if they are going to create free tools to use, why not make them open source?
 

bjm_

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It is an interesting read, but I don't really see what it has to do with FOSS as its true to all truly free software. If NVT doesn't sell any data they collect, meaning they aren't making money off their free products, I don't see how its any different to have it open source.
I hope NoVirusThanks is making money off their (free) products.
 
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SHvFl

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Because NVT uses the free products as a beta platform to improve their enterprise product and it would make 0 sense for them to give the code for them as it would probably kill the company.
 

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Out of our 70 free software, 0 of them collects users data and only a few check a version.ini file on our server to see if there are new versions available (i.e. ERPv3) and notify the user. So far only ERPv3 (paid) is remained that needs the user email to activate it, but ERPv4 may be released as freeware. We're not a media agency, we're a small IT company that likes to develop software and web tools, we really have no interest in users data or similar =)
 
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@LukeLovesSecurity

Out of our 70 free software, 0 of them collects users data and only a few check a version.ini file on our server to see if there are new versions available (i.e. ERPv3) and notify the user. So far only ERPv3 (paid) is remained that needs the user email to activate it, but ERPv4 may be released as freeware. We're not a media agency, we're a small IT company that likes to develop software and web tools, we really have no interest in users data or similar =)
That's good to hear, I'm glad NVT doesn't take on from Microsoft :p
 

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