LinuxPlanet: .comment: New StuffApr 26, 2001, 04:48 (43 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)
"I try to avoid accepting freebies. It isn't that I have oodles of bread or enjoy paying for things when maybe I don't have to, but paying for that which I receive simplifies things considerably. This isn't simply a matter of my belief that people should be paid for what they do (which belief I think is one of the fundamentals of right and wrong). Instead, it's so that if i write something you can be sure that even though I might be wrong, my wrongness wasn't purchased."
"...But when a software publisher offers a product for money, I do not as a rule accept a free copy. It isn't that I disagree with reviewers who do get review copies. But I find that my delight at money well spent, or anger at money squandered, is just a touch deeper if there were actually money involved. I have written and will write again about Kapital, the personal finance manager being developed for Linux by theKompany.com. I bought a license for it, even though I suppose I could have gotten it for free. (Now that I think of it, I believe there's a demo that everybody can get for free.) When I write about it, I'll know and now you will, too, that my opinion is uninfluenced by exogenous variables."
"So it was with trepidation, and only after discussion with colleagues, that I accepted a freebie, one of three desktop developments I want to take a look at this week. The freebie is version 1.2 of HancomOffice, the Linux office suite developed in Korea. I had taken a look at it a few months ago and was tremendously unimpressed. The head of the company emailed me a couple of weeks ago and asked that I take a second look, at the new version, a copy of which would be sent to me if I wanted it. I agreed to do so. (For those who keep track of such things, it costs $45 to send a copy of Hancom Office from Seoul, Korea, to Newtown, Connecticut, USA, via FedEx.)"