which kind of Free Software business people like (and which not)

Bernhard Reiter bernhard at intevation.de
Wed Feb 4 11:33:44 UTC 2004

On Tue, Feb 03, 2004 at 10:39:47PM +0100, Lutz Horn wrote:
> Am Di, den 03.02.2004 schrieb Bernhard Reiter um 16:35:
> > On Tue, Feb 03, 2004 at 08:52:10AM +0100, Lutz Horn wrote:
> > 
> > > I think this is the way business people think about
> > > Free Software: Take as much out of it as possible
> > > without giving anything back. Fight all Free Software
> > > that dangers your business.
> > 
> > I am a business person, I know many business persons and 
> > I disagree.
> Let me clarify: business people who want to sell non free software think
> the way I described. They only contribute to the community as long as
> their business with non free software is not endangered.

This makes more sense.
Naturally there is a clash of interests.
And it should be pointed out when it exists.

Especially companies like HP and IBM that want to protect
their proprietary business 
should take more criticism from the Free Software community.

Usually they get good press, though 
they strongly press for software patents
and treacherous computing!
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