Subject: Re: Economics of software distribution
From: "Marty Leisner" <leisner@ESO.MC.XEROX.COM>
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 1993 10:54:42 PST



In message <9303191532.AA15545@pele.cs.unm.edu> you write:
>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"...

Most people cannot deal with something now in a box...

I suppose you can "buy" free software from someone like cygnus with support...
The quality of much freeware is superb, not to use it is a mistake...

marty