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Re: [ProgSoc] Radiant2
> Telf writing software for money???
Oh, for crying in a bucket, how many times ``think free speech not free beer'',
the point is not the money, the point is whether someone can force other
people to suffer with nasty licence restrictions. For the record, I always
delivered full source with my software and made no restrictions about the
customers copying it. There was also an agreement where I was trying to
sell similar work to another (similar) business and the original customers
actually teed this up for me (but they were also asking for a cut which
seemed fair given the time they had gone through with buggy early versions).
As it turned out the secondary deal didn't work out because the other
customers asked for a whole lot of alternative features and then I pushed
the price up to cover the time I would spend working on those, then they
decided that it was too expensive <shrug>.
I have absolutely nothing against commercial software development, what
I don't like is someone sitting on some closed source base and trying to
stifle competition with patents and such and figuring that they have done
all the work that they need to and they can just rake in the payments.
If a law was passed to say that the only legal software licence was GPL
and that no other software licence would be upheld in court. Do you think
that software development would stop right there? If you do you are being
duped by large software houses who have it greatly in their interests to
keep their customers as helpless as possible. Software development is driven
by demand and the demand is not going to go away.
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