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LinuxPlanet: Editor's Note: theKompany's Act of Trust

Dec 08, 2000, 13:48 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"Over the last year, it seems as if this issue has popped up more and more. On LinuxToday, for instance, community interest in Napster was incredibly high. Many would have had it become some sort of misguided rallying cry for the Free Software movement, as if our interest in software freedom somehow translates to an interest in distributing the work of others at no charge, with no hope of remuneration for the person producing the work, that's good enough to take up our time and hard drive space, but somehow isn't good enough to pay for...."

"I've had the good fortune to talk to Shawn Gordon twice in the last few days, once to get the details on Kivio itself, and once for a more rambling discussion that touched on, among other things, what amounts to a real show of faith on his part. He's given away the razor, and he's not even asking that you don't make razor blades for yourself: he's just asking that you don't carry the ones he makes out of the store in your pocket."

"He's also very upfront about how closely he'll be watching the success of this experiment in marketing GPL'd software:"

"'If people abuse it,' he says, 'we won't pursue this model again.'

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