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Re: Writing for Free Software Magazine?

On Saturday, 26.03.2005 at 09:20 +0000, Lee Braiden wrote:

> On Saturday 26 March 2005 07:15, Tony Mobily IMAP wrote:
> > The great thing about this magazine is that all of the articles are
> > released under a free license six weeks after publication.
> I still say it's immoral to withhold information from some while
> giving it to those who can pay.  Unless you judge the articles'
> information to be worthless, then you are, by definition, creating a
> society of haves and have-nots.  What's more: withholding that
> information might put free software projects/communities at risk, if
> it's something to do with the proprietary world's aggressive actions,
> for example.

Erm, this is a printed publication which, if the poster is to be
believed, is not yet breaking even.

Just because the subject matter is free software, why should the product
be free-of-charge?  All books about free software have costs to cover
(although admittedly some have free-to-download versions).  Consumers
are often willing to pay for a nicely bound and printed copy of what is
otherwise free ...

Taking your argument to its conclusion, "creating a society of haves and
have-nots" applies to *anyone* selling a book or magazine about
*anything*.  I believe that is nonsense.

I think you need some perspective on this.

Having said all that, whether this publication is worthwhile and of
value ... well, people choosing to subscribe (or not) will be the judges
of that.

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