begin Aidan Kehoe quotation:
> People who can't understand source code have no interest in buying
> access to it. Most people can't understand source code, and the source
> is truly useful to very few people. People don't care about (want to
> buy) source code--they care about (want to buy) implementations.
> That's the market :-) .
I have a pair of DeScribe documents in front of me. Alas, I can no
longer read them, in part because DeScribe not only is no longer being
maintained but also was withdrawn from the market entirely.
But, if I put my ear up to the screen really close, I could swear that
one of them is saying "Smart software users care about the continued
maintainability of their applications' source code, not to mention its
And the other one seems to be saying "Smart developers long ago got
tired of seeing their painstaking work disappear from the world for
basically insane reasons, and so, like the smart users the other
document whispered to you about, care deeply about the licensing of
But it's obviously a daydream: There are no smart software users.
"Is it not the beauty of an asynchronous form of discussion that one can go and
make cups of tea, floss the cat, fluff the geraniums, open the kitchen window
and scream out it with operatic force, volume, and decorum, and then return to
the vexed glowing letters calmer of mind and soul?" -- The Cube, forum3000.org
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