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From "Antonio Gallardo" <agalla...@agsoftware.dnsalias.com>
Subject RE: [OT] What is OSS [was: Cocoon Stammtisch]
Date Tue, 20 May 2003 11:12:35 GMT
Andrew Savory dijo:
> On Tue, 20 May 2003, Arjé Cahn wrote:
>
>> - If the codebase is not freely available (according to the 10 OSI
>> rules), then it's not open source (== not OSI Open Source).
>
> Agreed, though I prefer the simpler FSF 4 rules.
>
>> - What you pay for should be the *support on* the open source
>> software. This includes documentation, tools, updates, etcetera. It's
>> like taking an insurance. You can't pay for the Open Source Software
>> itself (that wouldn't make sense), but you pay for the support and
>> security that someone will keep it running for you.
>
> I disagree. Why shouldn't people pay for Open Source Software? This is a
> common misconception. Just because it's Free doesn't mean it's free ;-)
>
> We can't rely purely on people hacking on code for free / for fun to
> develop all software. There needs to be someone to pay the people
> hacking on code. Coders need to make a living! Though a lot of
> developers do this in their spare time, there's just as many doing it
> for a living.
>
> So I don't think it's right to say "What you pay for should be the
> *support on* the open source software". Why shouldn't people pay for
> development of the software itself?
>
>> Of course, this is our opinion. Discussion would be appreciated.

Please check this doc, that support your position:
http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/selling.html

Antonio Gallardo



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