Subject: Re: Successful FSBs
From: "Brian J. Fox" <bfox@ua.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 18:32:56 -0700


   Date: Thu, 19 Sep 2002 17:50:27 -0700
   From: Rich Morin <rdm@cfcl.com>

   If a company believes that a developer is doing good work, they
   should offer a grant.

Sure, in the ideal world.  But they won't.  They will pay for an
organization whose business interests are closely aligned with their
own, thus guaranteeing the longevity of that organization.

That's why it is so easy to find support and service business models
around free software -- nobody cares about the software specifically,
they care about someone else worrying about the software.

Those support and service organizations could be good candidates to
offer grants, but instead, they just hire the top hacker for the
software of interest.

Brian
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