[Ilugc] Open source + GPL
Vijay Kumar Bagavath Singh
vijaykumar at linuxmail.org
Sun Jun 27 22:00:53 IST 2004
> Indeed, it is a benefit so that i can save a few months.
A couple of days back, you were asking who benefits from free software? EVERYBODY benefits from the mere existence of free software.
> The trouble starts here, once i release it to the community,
> I'am at the receiving end. If my aim is to productize it, it will get a terrible blow. ( Lost for ever )
> Why any body buy it from you when your code ( 10,000 lines ) is available freely.
Treating software as a product and "selling" it, restricts its usage and tramples on users' freedom. We in the free software community feel that respecting user freedom and cooperation is more important than making millions out of "selling" software. We use other means to earn money.
> What about the enginners who worked on this ? What about thier efforts ?
> Again why would anybody buy it from c1 or c2 ?
> How the company will survive ?
The dependency is like this:
We need freely usable software. -> We may need software companies.
It is not like:
We need software companies -> How do we impose restrictions on software to make this possible.
You are trying to turn the dependency relationship 180 degrees.
If we can produce sufficient free software without these companies then why worry about them. We in the free software movement have proved that it is possible to produce a enough free software without having to give up our freedom...
> there is no proper revenue model in open source.
Like I said, it is not a problem until we have lots of free software. And we do have lots of free software.
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