Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.
Re: GIFs get expensive
Author: Eric Kidd Posted: 8/27/1999; 12:33:39 PM Topic: GIFs get expensive Msg #: 10140 (In response to 10136) Prev/Next: 10139 / 10141
(I'm speaking for myself, not for UserLand.)
Meanwhile the open-source crowd is giving away great software and making money anyway.
That's one of things I like about the open source crowd--so few people are actually anti-business. When IBM decides to make money by supporting Linux, most of the developers are enthusiastic. When RedHat makes money selling CDs (and hires a bunch of developers at a good salary), Richard Stallman approves of their actions.
There are two common attitudes in the community:
- "All software should be open source. Since I want all software to be open source, I'll pick a program that I need and write it myself." I respect these people because they're consistent. If they want something, they're willing to work to get it. Stallman and Miguel de Icaza (the Gnome guy) belong to this group.
- "Not all software needs to be open source. However, I really like open source sofware, and I'll write some when I have a chance." Linus falls into this category, as do I.
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