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Re: please use V

Chris Fearnley <cjf@netaxs.com> writes:

>[Removed debian-devel from the Cc: list as this is beyond Debian

Followed Bruce's distribution list, but thank you for the info.

>Have you looked at the Aladdin Ghostscript Free Public License?  Peter
>Deutsch has thought a lot about these issues.  Why did the Qt people
>not use his approach?

Yes indeed.  Unfortunately, it doesn't really help steer folks
from propietary environments to open-standards-based ones either.
Additionally, gs is already ported to the M$ environment, and
the previous version usually gets released under the GPL a year

Mark Eichin <eichin@cygnus.com> writes:

>> It's difficult enough to promote freeware in industry with
>> the common "lack of support" misperception.  Combine this
>I'd suggest that rather than "fixing" that with wierd licenses, you
>just do better marketing.  Works for us :-)

Very good point, and Cygnus certainly has done a good job of
it.  The problem is that it becomes increasingly tough to
market the excellent freeware tools and open standards of
Unix when clients have more and more of these same tools
available to them under NT.  Price and performance figures
carry far less weight without the leverage of tools/apps.
As a result, it's difficult for me to understand why we
continue to donate s/w to environments like M$.  In a sense,
we perpetuate the beast, and don't offer the "enticing"
migration path to Unix that we could be.

Just my 0.05 yen worth.  Have a nice holiday.

Tom Julien

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