Subject: Re: a model of competition between free and proprietary software
From: Russell Nelson <>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2001 14:17:48 -0400 (EDT)

DJ Delorie writes:
 > > Tom Hull writes:
 > >  > It is interesting how much F has been developed by people when they
 > >  > are not acting as entrepreneurs, capitalists, or [wage] workers.
 > > 
 > > I need an example here.
 > While I never heard back from them, there once was a group of
 > programmers who were planning on having an "ace of penguins weekend".
 > They were going to get together and eat, drink (which may be why I
 > never heard back from them ;), and write as many solitaire programs as
 > they could (quantity, not quality) using the Ace toolkit over the
 > weekend.
 > Just for fun.

Economics only deals with scarcity (abundance is uninteresting because
it's not a problem that needs solving -- but that's okay because
scarcity is abundant).  The only scarcity I can see here is the
entrepreneurs needed to organize such an event.  As you note, since
you never heard back from them, they may have been too scarce.

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