Subject: Re: Economics of software distribution
From: mcdermot@CS.UNM.EDU
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 93 08:32:34 MST

Regardless of the pure economics of the situation is the inertia against
"free" software.  A collegue of mine works for a DoD subcontractor.  He
would love to use gcc, and a number of other free packages such as rcs.
Management, there, however PROHIBITS free software: the official reason
is that "free software contains viruses"...
So, charging for free software inserts  a human which legitimizes the software.
This adds to the "value" of free software and hence helps provide the 
value-added we need to make marketing of free software viable.
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