Recommended reading: this News.com interview
with Sterling Ball, CEO of guitar string manufacturer Ernie Ball, which converted over to free software. "I became an open-source guy because we're a privately owned company, a family business that's been around for 30 years, making products and being a good member of society. We've never been sued, never had any problems paying our bills. And one day I got a call that there were armed marshals at my door talking about software license compliance.
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