Subject: Re: freedom and human kindness (was Re: Open letter to those who believe in a right to free software)
From: Russell Nelson <>
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 1999 10:38:43 -0500 (EST)

Stephen J. Turnbull writes:
 > the opportunities created by free software are a proper subset of
 > those created by proprietary software, in a "physical" sense.  All
 > of those opportunities are available to firms dealing in
 > proprietary software; it would seem that the revenues available
 > from exploiting proprietary software are so much bigger than those
 > available from "rendering services" that the "sell software
 > products, not programmer hours" model dominates.

Right, but there are market segments (e.g. operating systems) where
the existing vendors have such a lock on the market, that the most
reliable way to enter the market is using free software.  Hence Linux, 
and oh, I can't remember the name of Cygnus's free embedded OS right

-russ nelson <>
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