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FWB source code available for sale on eBay

updated 09:00 am EST, Mon January 26, 2004

FWB sells source code

A MacNN reader notes that the source code to with a starting bid at $65,000: "This is the complete source code to the following FWB commercial software products: - Hard Disk ToolKit 4.5 - CD-ROM ToolKit 3.0 - DriveUp! 98 1.0. This collection includes the complete source code for all three commercial products. These retail products can be seen at: http://www.fwb.com. Hard Disk ToolKit is the Macintosh industry-leading utility for managing hard disk drives. All code is fully functional and ready to be ported to OS X. This private party sale includes all sources. It does *not* include the right to use the product names nor the FWB brand, name, or logo. This sale is by FWB Software, Inc. and is the legitimate sale of this Intellectual Property."




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  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    *Yawn*

    Riviting....

  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    good lord...

    how the semi-mighty have fallen... declaring bankruptcy and then selling what's left, down to the bare walls and hard drives, on ebay? i thought we left this kinda of stuff back in '99 with the dot-bombs...

  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Weird

    It seems weird, somehow. The auction doesn't talk about a contract for the transfer of the copyright and/or patents, just a vague reference to intellectual property.

    Also, the seller has been around for a while, but mostly selling random PC hardware. It doesn't look particularly connected to FWB. It all comes across as pretty shady.

    Also... $65,000 for the source code to a handful of successful products? That doesn't seem right. The source is the bread and butter of a software business. That amount would barely pay the salary, benefits, and overhead for a single engineer.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Buy this

    I too have a DVD-R disc which may or may not contain source code and or software.
    I also provide license to use whatever contents may be on the disc.
    Let the bidding begin!

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    noone want it.

    :P noone like it i bet.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I have a copy of

    Linux for sale. Oh, wait. I cannot make money with that stuff.

    Sad for FWB no doubt. Good thing they we not in the open source "what is mine is yours" crowd. They wouldn't get jack. At least their code is an asset.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    way too much

    It is some old software that still needs to be ported and still won't match anything that is already out there.

    Who ever buys it is going to end up spending way too much on it in the long run.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    For sale:

    For sale: Some old source code that we figured we couldn't make money on porting to OSX. Includes Brooklyn Bridge.

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Linux!

    You sure can make money off Linux. As long as you make the source code available.

    h***, I am selling hand painted editions of Red Hat Shrike CD's. Since I modified the Cd installs by adding my own personal artistic touch, I can sell for profit! Wow- the GPL rules!

  1. MacNN.com Reader

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    Not real

    If this auction is real, I'll eat my hat.

    I predict E-bay will take it down shortly (they have an unwritten policy against auctions that feature data on recordable CD's or DVD's. Even if the data is yours to distribute, they'll take the auction off and make you prove it.)

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