1.3. How can you afford to just give this away?

Well, actually, we have no other choice in the matter. You see, part of the GNU GPL states that all work derived from the efforts of another GNU GPL product MUST be offered under the same license. Since IPCop is a code fork from Smoothwall, which is licensed under the GPL, we have to comply with that license. However, we feel that the GPL is the best license for us. We are dedicated to providing the IPCop firewall under the GPL License, now and in the future.