Borland's licences and such stuff
"Hallo world" ,
Why shouldn't we look for the project of a new or re-made development environment with small fee to be paied (if not "no fee") and lying under GPL licence?
I cannof feel confident that, as for the past it happened, any commercial company will not suicide itself.
So I cannot feel confident that any commercial company will support any overpaied product forever.
My shelves are full of products I purchased and I cannot use any more because their support has been discontinued or their producers have disappeared. Of course they disappeared taking with them their "secrets". As a direct consequence the maintanace of applications made with such products became almost impossible.
Besides the terms of Borland's licence, with whom I don't agree at all, I ask: "Do we really need them?".
Who pays developers ?
I am one of the users of free software that hasn't yet had the chance to develop a free application good enough to be shared with anybody.
At present I feel guilty like a kind of "dracula" (or some other overgrown mosquito) sucking blood from open source people at no risk and no cost.
Nevertheless I would be very glad to sustain open source in some way.
In my opinion the very revolution of open source is in the implicit or explicit agreement: "everyone contributes as much as he can, but everybody "own" the product".
The strength of such a way of association seems to have even the power to shake many commercial organizations.
Are we shure that there is no way, for people like me (not clever enough to produce good stuff), to contribute as they can with little or more "free" money ?
And more: are we shure that there is no way to make it fall in the right hands ?
It might be a matter of good algorithms. An intresting claim for the community of developers.