Subject: Re: Competition by internal expertise for F/OSS vendors
From: Don Marti <>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2008 04:54:08 -0700

begin Rich Bodo quotation of Fri, Aug 29, 2008 at 01:51:29PM -0700:

> The fact that sword manufacturers are paying people not to manufacture  
> pens is interesting, though.  It's an unnecessary validation for me,  
> perhaps not for others.

It's not that they're being paid not to _manufacture_
pens -- just not to sell or promote them.  As the
usefulness of the available pens goes up, the payment
not to work with them has to go up as well.

A "cynic" funding free software as a bargaining chip
might actually be more motivated to fund "plumbing"
work than an FSB that had to make a sustainable living
out of somehow charging for one piece of the product.

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