press release critique
schaefer at alphanet.ch
Fri May 4 13:24:39 UTC 2001
On Fri, 4 May 2001, Jaime E . Villate wrote:
> Which is why we should be flaming those who use other distributions, instead
> of flaming those who advocate earning money with free software ;-)
On that subject, yes, I personnally have no problem to earn money with
free software, in one of the following areas:
- making software distributed (reseller of software)
I for example make Debian available at a quite low cost,
enough to pay about the work, still. If I wasn't doing that,
there wouldn't be anyone doing it like I do in Switzerland.
- writing software on demand (`creation')
I have already charged companies money (paying my time), to
develop specific free software that they knew would be then
available on the Internet as GPLed software.
- modifying software (`reengineering')
I have already been paid by companies to modify free software.
However, I would like that FSFE describe in a confusionless way the
distinction between free (as in beer) and free (as in above).
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