>>>>> "JC" == Jerry Connolly <jerry.connolly at eircom.net> writes:
JC> Paul J Collins said the following on Sat, Feb 24, 2001 at 12:51:11AM +0000,
>> I consider all proprietary software a restriction on my
>> freedom. Can you show me a proprietary software company that
>> is not out to make money?
JC> I don't personally see anything wrong with making money. I
JC> have coded for money in the past, and will do in the future.
Again, your quoting has messed this up. The statement above was a
> JC> We're not talking about everyone, we're talking about
> JC> proprietry software producers. Their goals are not
> JC> necessarily the same as the open source developers.
>> Most decidely so. Their goals are to make lots of money while
> restricting users' freedom.
I have no problem with people making money. I have no problem with
people being paid to write code. Some of my best friends are paid to
JC> Where possible I like to share it with others, but this is not
JC> always possible.
Since I have yet to write useful code as part of my job (mainly just
scripts that anyone could write in five minutes), I have no experience
of writing free software in a corporate setting. Pretty much all of
the vaguely useful or interesting code I have written on my own time I
have released as free software.
>> You don't achieve a goal like that by singing songs and waving
>> banners. You do it by writing solid software, licensing it
>> under a suitable license and letting everyone else do the same.
JC> This makes a lot of sense to me. If free software is better,
JC> then of course I'll use it, but if free software isn't
JC> available with the functionality I require, and I don't have
JC> the skills or the time to develop it, then I'll have to pay
JC> for it.
>> Try reading what I'm saying, and ease up on the trigger finger,
JC> Stop acting like someone peed in your cornflakes every time I
JC> use the word "proprietry" and you've got yourself a deal.
Tacit approval of proprietary software is peeing in everyone's
cornflakes. Unfotunately, given the gamer bias of this list, I don;t
expect to find much support. Games always seek clemency based on the
"games are art, not software" argument.
Starving artists queue here.
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