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Advogato: Towards an economics of free software

Jun 09, 2000, 11:19 (2 Talkback[s])
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"A number of essays and papers purporting to address The Economics of free software recently. None have been particularly satisfying to this cat. While trying to get to sleep one recent night, some of the thoughts that have been percolating on this subject seemed to gel. Insomniac writings or insightful analysis? Read and decide."

"Two of these showed up at Kuro5hin and Slashdot. Someone pointed me to the works of Alan McAdams, whose interest actually predates the whole "open source" hype wave. Do a web search, and you'll see quite a few more of these."

"Most of these essays seem to address a very narrow question: why do people work on free software projects? After all, you don't see people manufacturing widgets and giving them away free. Why should software be any different?"

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