Subject: Re: Can open source cost money?
From: Chris Maeda <>
Date: Fri, 28 Aug 1998 11:21:08 -0700

I'm as much of a grouch as anyone on this list, but I would say
that there is a major correlation between the fit, finish, usability,
etc. of a piece of software and the money and resources (especially
non-programmer resources) invested in it.  With a small number
of exceptions, most pieces of free software had not that kind of

Let's face it, writing good UI is incredibly expensive, and requires
the help of interface design specialists, lots of testing, and lots of
feedback.  A free program designed to solve the problems of a
small community of hackers is unlikely to get that level of investment.

At 10:59 AM 8/28/98 -0400, Kragen wrote:
>They're mostly not as good as the proprietary alternatives at the
>moment.  I think part of this comes from the major negative correlation
>between being a Unix geek and being aware of the concept of software
>usability and the major positive correlation between writing libre
>software and being a Unix geek.