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What is GNU GPL?

GNU GPL is the most popular license for free software [Or open source]. The license is copyleft, requiring all modified and extended versions of the program to be free as well.

Often when we introduce Oscommerce eCommerce software to our customers, its no surprise that they are aware that it is free, open source.

However, some customers will have this question in mind: “If you install this software on my website, will they charge me for a cost in the next released version?”

This is where GNU GPL comes in. As you may also know, Oscommerce is released under GNU General Public License (GPL). By using GNU GPL instead of free software licenses, you are protected such that all improved versions of the software will be free.

http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-faq.html#WhyUseGPL

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Web Publishing Software Update

If you are going to develop / maintain your own website, we will come to a decision of which software to use. In that past, we normally need to consider 2 options – Adobe Dreamweaver or Microsoft Frontpage. But Microsoft has announced that it will discontinue Frontpage. Instead, they come up with 2 new software releases - Office SharePoint Designer 2007 for the enterprise information workers and Expression Web for the professional Web designer.

Adobe Dreamweaver
Dreamweaver 8 was the industry leading web development tool, a preferred choice for professional web designers and developers. But for novice, it may be too feature rich and complex. The latest version is Dreamweaver CS3. The price for a new purchase will be USD399 and USD199 for upgrades from previous versions. The new release includes CSS tools, Ajax components for building dynamic user interfaces, and intelligent integration with other Adobe software.

Microsoft Expression Web
This new software was introduced by Microsoft as a replacement of its formal Ms Frontpage. There is a 60 days free trial and new purchase will cost USD299. Existing Frontpage user may upgrade to Expression with USD99.

CoffeeCup HTML Editor 2007
More suitable for novice web designers and amateurs, this software offers powerful functionality and a straightforward and compact interface, with a generous 30-day trial. Retail price is USD49, much lower cost than Dreamweaver.

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