Free Software Evangelism, revisited

Jeroen Dekkers jeroen at
Wed May 24 22:24:42 UTC 2006

At Wed, 24 May 2006 16:14:01 -0300,
Ricardo Andere de Mello wrote:
> I'll answer this with another question:
> Are you selling the idea because its contents, or because it will help 
> you to profit in a near future?
> You are doing evangelism when you *believe* in what you are talking. 
> Otherwise, you are just *selling* something, just like any other businness.
> for free software people, profit is just a collateral effect of 
> evangelism... would you stop doing it if you dont have any profit?

I don't agree with this. Profit is important and not some collateral
effect. Everybody needs money to buy food, clothes, a place to live,
etc. So you're obviously selling the idea to help make a profit.

There is nothing wrong with making money, especially not if you use
Free Software to make money.

Jeroen Dekkers

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