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Re: [OT] Free software vs non-free, here we go again

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On Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 12:34:12PM -0400, Doug wrote:


> You may just be cheap, Reco. I'm willing to pay for what is not free
> when I deem it is worth my money to do so. YMMV.

Sigh. The usual red herring.

As Stefan points out downthread, Free doesn't necessarily correlate
with Cheap. More with Responsible: I, for one, pay for my free software,
among other things by contributing (with money and free time) to one
free software organization and by tipping off the one or other developer.

The thing about Free (apart from the other freedoms: to give away, to
tinker and so on!) is that *you* as user decide how to contribute, and
how much.

(If your only motivation to use Free Software were "it's cheap", then
perhaps it's better you stayed with proprietary ;-)

The thing with non-free is developing more and more into "user control"
instead of just recouping development costs (cf. DMCA and other
disgusting developments).

- -- t
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