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Mixing up the means and the end

Posted by: Ciaran O'Riordan on April 28, 2003 10:39 AM
> 1) Do free stuff.
> 2) ?
> 3) Profit!

This is the argument of either a very simple mind, or a person trying to spread Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. Probably the latter.

Is M$ Office really worth $479?
Is it smart for companies to use back-up software that backs up data in a secret format?
Is it nice when an application crashes repeatedly and you're not allowed hire someone to fix it?

Does the fact that a few companys are profitting from this situation change the answers to these questions?

Software benefits people, the "software industry" is the cost the must be recouped from the user. I'd prefer a much smaller software industry. There aren't many Free Software companies. That's because we don't need companies. If we did, there'd be a gap in the market and someone would fill it. It's very simple economics.

Ciaran O'Riordan


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