Re: Mostly free software...
On Thu, Mar 25, 1999 at 10:35:59PM -0600, David Welton wrote:
> > Often there's no particular reason for these in-house apps to be free, but
> > often there is, and there's certainly no harm in it most of the time.
> Sure there is, if there is someone else who is paying nothing to use
> the work that you had to pay a developer for.
But that isn't causing anyone harm. Many of RMS's writings explain why this
is so. In short: the people getting freebies weren't going to pay _you_
anyway. In fact, they might never have used any kind of similar product if
it hadn't been free.
That means you're helping yourself, by getting useful software, helping a
developer, by paying him, and helping another company, by providing useful
I don't see any harm in that. I'd like to be the developer though :)