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ArsDigita to charge licensing fees for Linux-based software

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Cambridge, Mass.--ArsDigita Corp. said Thursday that it plans this fall to begin charging for licensing fees for software produced to run on open-source operating system Linux. The move, which ArsDigita said was necessary, follows the recent closures of such Linux-centric e-commerce software developers as Zelerate, Eazel, and SourceXchange. Though ArsDigita has been successful selling services--revenues rose from $7.4 million in 1999 to $25 million in 2000--sales of proprietary software built on top of its Linux platform will enable it to strengthen its returns, it said.
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