>>>>> "JC" == Jerry Connolly <jerry.connolly at eircom.net> writes:
JC> Paul J Collins said the following on Sun, Feb 25, 2001 at 02:10:58PM +0000,
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
>> corollary to:
JC> Ok, read that, and I still read it as saying that making money
JC> from developing and selling software is a bad thing.
Making money is not the Bad Thing. Restricting users' freedom is the
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.
JC> Not the type of example I had in mind exactly (I was thinking
JC> more of a business setting where software may be required for
JC> carrying out one's work),
But you have no examples.
JC> but games serve a good example. I play a couple of FPS games,
JC> namely Counter Strike and Quake 3 Arena. One is a free to
JC> download mod to half-life, the other cost me 35 quid. Both
JC> excellent games in my opinion, although they are quite
JC> different in how you play them, and I don't know of a free
JC> equivalent to the non-free game that comes close in terms of
I don't know anything about games, so I can't help you with that one.
JC> I do not have a problem with paying 35 quid, because a lot of
JC> work went into the product and I enjoy playing it. How is my
JC> freedom being stifled here?
You are not free to give your friends copies. You are not free to
read the source code and learn from it. You are not free to fix bugs
that affect you. You are not free to change the game engine to take
advantage of the latest hacked-up set of instructions that Intel has
added to their CPUs. The list goes on and on.
Maybe *you* don't want to do any of these things, but many other
>> Tacit approval of proprietary software is peeing in everyone's
JC> Proprietary software is apparently restricting your freedom,
JC> making your non Intel hardware less useful, pissing in your
JC> cereal and giving you an ulcer by the sound of things. Sounds
JC> like it's winning.
This isn't about *my* freedom, it's about everyone's freedom.
Starving artists queue here.
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