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Re: Does it do that?

From: Alfred M. Szmidt
Subject: Re: Does it do that?
Date: Sun, 29 Apr 2007 12:32:36 +0200 (CEST)

   Does free software make it more difficult for people to make a
   profit (even an *honest* one, not Microsoft-style) from their
   computer programming skills and talents?

It doesn't.

   People should deserve to be able to make honest money, and to use
   their talents to do that. Computer programming, for one, does not
   require very much starting capital compared to other forms of

People should also have the freedom to use, study, improve and
distribute the software they have.  Earning a living by subjugating
the rights of ones users is not a honest one.

   If not, then does the reluctance to accept free software indicate a
   want to be as greedy (as opposed to honest) as possible on the part
   of the software industry?

Seeing the many attempts of companies to pass through laws like
IPRED2, Software patents, DMCA/EUCD, one should be quite convinced
that part of the software industry is blinded by greed.

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