"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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