Subject: Re: Unexercisable rights
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 10:33:27 +0900 (JST)

Thanks,	Ian!  You saved me lots of bytes!

>>>>> "Brian" == Brian Bartholomew <> writes:

    Brian> There are lots and lots of people out there who believe and
    Brian> act like gratis is an integral part of "free software", and

Bravo for the producers, a generous, open-hearted choice.  The users
(even if producers themselves in their alter egos) who think that way
are, um, well, "yuck".  Receiving anything gratis is a lucky accident
---even if you can expect it 99% of the time, it is not a right.

    Brian> it is those people who have created today's boom of libre,
    Brian> gratis software.

The boom in libre software is probably not sustainable without finding
ways to increase the revenues to its producers.  Thus, FSB@crynwr.

Gratis software will continue to grow if libre software does, since
libre software tends to become gratis over time (and often very
quickly).  And of course rich libre software producers will probably
tend to feel more generous than poor ones ;-)

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