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The tanking economy and OSS

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 147.91.1.45] on November 26, 2008 10:25 AM
Users are used on 'free' but F in FOSS is about freedom, not price. Price is also free to assume any particular value. FOSS copies could be sold for high (at least initially high) prices determined by their supply and demand. None said you have to publish your software for anyone to pick it up. However, each of your customers can do that (give away, sell for low price, put for free download), if they please. But, if supply of copies in circulation is low, the customers would be reluctant to do so, because they could profit from selling copies of their copy for significant fraction of the price they themselves payed (provided the vendor commits to keeping the price at same level at least for some time). It is similar (although not identical) to artistic works: if their maker treats them as valuable, others will do so, too.

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