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Re: As a developer...
> I definitely agree with these
> sentiments. I hope to someday earn some
> money from Open Source software. I also
> agree with the principle that people
> should get paid for their work. That is
> why I regularly buy upgrades from RedHat
> and other Open Source companies. Yes, I
> could download the upgrades for free. I
> choose not to because we live in a
> market economy and unless GM starts
> giving away cars and other companies
> follow suit with their products
> developers need to be able to support
> I'd rather pay for Open Source
> software than for proprietary code. I
> think that as the Open Source movement
> takes hold more people will realize the
> benefits to be gained by paying for
> "free" software. After all, the
> greatest benefits of Open Source, access
> to the code, the ability to make your
> own changes, etc. don't go away when you
> send the developers money for the
The problem with this is that you are paying redhat money but you are not rewarding the hard working developers who do not work at red hat. This is the same thing as a newspaper company who gets millions of dollars for selling their newspaper - but the newspaper folks pay the carriers to deliver the papers for much much less than minimum wage.. yet the carriers who do all the work dropping the papers off at the doors should be rewarded much more than they are in reality. So when you pay redhat, you may be paying someone for something - but you are not neccessarily helping developers, you are just helping the CEO's and customer service reps at red hat.
Re: brave new world
> % It is important to realize that free
> % software can be sold in both ethical
> % moral confidence, and it was never
> % intended any other way.
> Couldn't have said it better myself.
> Thank you, Lion Kimbro.
> We feel that developers should be
> rewarded for doing
> what they do best; developing. Phone
> support, documentation, and packaging
> new releases doesn't sound to me like
> developing. That's why publishers
> provide a sensible and necessary service
> to the open source community.
> -Paul Reiber
> CTO, Open Country
But Developers don't get paid for developing, developers get paid for packaging, and phone support. The gnu web pages say so.