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Advogato: Money vs. Free Software

Aug 11, 2000, 00:19 (9 Talkback[s])
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"Can we justify earning money for software, when it should [maybe] be free?..."

"Free Software is an attempt to get back to the glory days of hacking, when hardly anyone got paid to do it, and you hacked for the joy of hacking. Money hardly entered into it. Now, programming is an industry. Capitalism has taken over, and control has been given to the suits. This is a Bad Thing, and has spawned the backlash that is the free software movement."

"However, a great many hackers now make $bignum for programming, which is a Good Thing. Earning money for doing what you love? Being paid to play with a compiler? It's a beautiful dream that might be threatened, ironically, by our own ideals."

"If all software is freed, we're out of a job. If big business wins, we're all peons trapped by microsoftian licenses. But maybe there's a middle ground? Maybe we can keep software from the hands of the oppressors, but not destroy the entire industry. Is there a compromise? This is an important question for which I have yet to hear a decent answer."

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