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New Linux support policies are ominous

New Linux support policies are ominous

By Jon Lasser, Security Focus Online

Posted: 14/02/2003 at 11:33 GMT

Opinion Red Hat and Mandrake are cutting support for older versions of their Linux distributions... The results will be a security nightmare for the Internet, says Jon Lasser.

Open source opponents have for years warned, "You get what you pay for."

Now some Linux distributors are planning to make good on that threat. Red Hat and Mandrake's recently-announced revised support policies might spell the end of the free ride for many companies using Linux.