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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • The only thing I want, and what I think is the original idea behind this proposal, is a money back guarantee, if you find the software doesn't do what you wanted it to do.

    Currently, software vendors hide behind a "no promise of fitness for any particular purpose" clause in the EULA, and I'd like to see this clause wiped out of existence.

    • That might be enough to satisfy me. However, what's to stop someone from buying the software, installing it, then returning it for a money-back guarantee and still using it? That would be problematic, I think. Still, this would go a long way towards mitigating some of the issues involved.

      • What's to stop someone downloading the same software via BitTorrent? I think that's really an argument about piracy rather than the issue at hand (and most medium to large companies don't pirate - at least on a large scale - because they can be audited).

        I agree with bart... a money-back guarantee - while it wouldn't solve every problem - would at least give consumers some protection (while crucially leaving "free as in beer" alone). Anything more (as much as I'd love to see MS et al suffer for their shoddy code) really does run the risk of stifling innovation