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Re: Tools

From: Derek Neighbors
Subject: Re: Tools
Date: 21 Oct 2002 19:20:16 -0700

On Mon, 2002-10-21 at 15:37, Rich Bodo wrote:
> > We can agree to disagree. Strong commercial interests means no sense of
> > community.  (read they will screw you at first chance they have to make
> > money)
> I think we just disagree on what commercial interest means.  I take it
> to mean that those with commercial interest want to make money off the
> project.  In that sense, I'm sure we can both agree that it's not only

There is a difference between commerical interest and commerical
interest at all cost (which I was alluding to by saying 'strong'
commericial interest.  We likely disagree in that I think when the
interest in making money is stronger than doing the best thing for the
project as a whole then the commericial interest is TOO strong.

I have no objection to people having a commericial interest, but I think
such an interest in which morals and or the better interest of the
project as whole is involved its scary.

> o.k. to have a strong commercial interest in a free software project
> that you contribute to, but that it's a common, productive source of
> motivation.  Lots of businesses depend on it, like the FSF, or most
> people who consult on free software.  I think a good rule of thumb is
> that if you suspect there are other motivations behind an organization
> than the profit motive, just ask them straight up.  That usually
> provides me with good data.

There is a difference between depending and bastardizing.

Derek Neighbors
GNU Enterprise

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