On Sat, Feb 24, 2001 at 01:22:12AM +0000, Paul J Collins mentioned:
> I'm not talking about *commercial* software, I am talking about
> *proprietary* software. I am perfectly happy for companies to package
> and sell free software. Some people like the feel of a box, and the
> new smell of the manuals and CD envelopes. They like the couple of
> month's support, and the fact that the money they paid for their free
> software is going to help the free software community by fnding more
> free software.
But not enough of them to fund companies to do so. RedHat can't make
money off selling boxes & manuals. In fact, as of next year, I'd say less
than 2% of their effort will be manuals and boxes.
Would you buy Evian bottle water, at 70p a shot, if tap water was as good
? Of course not.
> I don't expect them to. But they need not expect me to give them
> money for proprietary software anytime soon. There will always be
> different lines of business for people to make cash at. If the whole
> market for proprietary software disappeared tomorrow, no-one would
No one would starve if all free software disappeared either.
I have no doubt that if the governments of this world made it illegal to
sell or give software without also giving the code, that this would be a
However, the governments don't think so, nor do those companies currently
selling proprietary software. Yes, we can try and change their opinions on
the matter, but not by going hippy.
When I say 'free', I mean 'free': free from bond, of chain or command:
to go where you will, even to Mordor, Saruman, if you desire. "
-- Gandalf, paraphrasing the choice between Free and Non-free software
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