Subject: Re: [Freesw] Re: FreeDevelopers
From: Seth Gordon <sethg@ropine.com>
Date: 30 Mar 2001 21:54:29 -0000

   >Please explain how exactly this is supposed to work.
   >Will the free software be available very inexpensively
   >by downloading from the internet?
   >If yes, how will you get the users to pay any
   >significant money for it? (Will it be bundled with
   >consulting services?)
   >If no, how can you possibly prevent it?

   There are at least 2 conceptually distinct customers.... High end
   (government and enterprise) and low end (personal use and small
   business users).

   The high end actually wants a company to sue, ie. provide a
   warranty and branded product....  They will pay
   even though it is also available elsewhere. The low end group can
   free ride on the great software produced and take it from the
   Internet.

Let's say you actually have a piece of software that you're making
available through this system, and then Red Hat downloads a copy of
it, puts *their* warranty and brand on it, and competes with you for
the same high-end customers.  How will you convince potential
customers to pay you and not Red Hat?

--sethg