"Nearly a quarter-century ago, the mantra 'information wants to
be free' heralded an era in which news, entertainment and personal
communications would flow at no charge over the Internet.
"Now comes a new rallying cry: software wants to be free. Or, as
the tech insiders say, it wants to be 'zero dollar.'
"A growing number of consumers are paying just that--nothing.
This is the Internet's latest phase: people using freely
distributed applications, from e-mail and word processing programs
to spreadsheets, games and financial management tools..."
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