Lots of companies make money off GPL'd software, and charging for a 'pretty' version is quite a good model, as if you're only charging for the front end, you'd have to do a really good job or people would not bother with it. OTOH, if you give something away and charge for support then your incentive to make software extremely easy to use and reliable is a bit watered down as who wants a support contract for something that never fails? The exception for this is massive companies who just want support for peace of mind.
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