Subject: Re: How to pay for initially developing free software
From: Brian Behlendorf <>
Date: Mon, 09 Mar 1998 22:42:09 -0800

At 09:10 PM 3/9/98 -0800, John Gilmore wrote:
>The difference between this and the oft-cited "nobody will invest in a
>NEW company to write free software" situation is that the company
>already has a track record of wringing profits and growth out of free

So the young college student with a bright idea for a new way to do, say,
multithreading, who wants to make it open-source available; her best hope
is to sell the idea to an established company, rather than try and start
her own company?  Seems anti-entreprenuerial to me.  Of course she could
patent it; which would help no one (but her).

Or are you trying to simply say we'll be seeing brand new free software
from Cygnus?  :)


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