Rick Moen was being pedantic:
> > I think this very clearly illustrates the difference between GPL/Open
> > Source code and commercial software.
>> I believe you mean to contrast open source with _proprietary_ software.
Tomato, tomaytoe? Of course, you are correct. I meant proprietry/closed
> And for software that is both [commercial and open source] at the
> same time. ;->
> (I assume you _also_ don't disapprove of proprietary software.)
You assume correctly. :)
I have no problem paying someone for software that I feel is necessary and
worth the amount I am paying for it. If someone develops a super fast,
highly efficient video compression codec, then they are welcome to charge
for it. If I deem it too expensive, I just won't use it. That is (to abuse a
phrase) the socio-economic reality.
What I do resent is not being able to choose which software I use.
Especially when that choice has been limited by unfair and uncompetitive
business practices. Microsoft saying that they have brought conformance and
order to computing is like the Taliban saying they brought conformance and
order to Afghanistan.
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