"Who pays the developers? The company they work for, right? But
what about those developers who develop Open Source software after
hours, on their own time and equipment? Who pays them? Many say no
one does and no one should. After all, it's Free Software. You
don't get paid for Free Software. Before we develop such a closed
attitude, let's take a look at what one of the founders of the Free
Software movement has to say."
"Richard Stallman, in his article published in the book Open
Sources -- Voices from the Open Source Revolution, says:"
"The term 'Free Software' is sometimes misunderstood -- it has
nothing to do with price. It is about freedom. Since 'free' refers
to freedom, not to price, there is no contradiction between selling
copies and Free Software. In fact, the freedom to sell copies is
crucial: collections of Free Software sold on CDROMs are important
for the community, and selling them is an important way to raise
funds for Free Software development." "In short, Mr. Stallman is
saying that the marketing and selling of Free Software is important
-- if not crucial -- to the success of the Free Software movement.
Which brings us back to the question... Who pays the