Subject: Re: "Reasonable Profits"
From: Russell Nelson <>
Date: 1 Sep 1998 15:43:05 -0000

Jesus M. Gonzalez-Barahona writes:
 > 	Nothing prevents a company with a contract with ACT of making
 > its early versions of Gnat available to the public (the GPL will allow 
 > it), but no one seems to be motivated to do so. And even in that case, 
 > it could be that ACT business weren't affected at all.

 > Russell Nelson writes:
 >  > Frank Hecker writes:
 >  >  > ... that being libre directly drives being gratis or near-gratis,
 >  >  > at least for the actual software in question.
 >  > 
 >  > Does it?  Has this been tested or is it a supposition?

That's what I thought ACT was doing.  Thanks for supplying the
details.  It's an existance proof that you *can* sell libre software
as if it were not gratis, albeit within limits.  It won't be clear
what those limits might be until more people try it.

-russ nelson <>
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