Subject: Re: the .NET battle ends
From: Tom Lord <>
Date: Fri, 21 Sep 2001 13:22:20 -0700 (PDT)

       Free software businesses by definition increase the publically
       available base of software people can use, learn from, and build on.
       This is progress in "science and the useful arts" as it was meant by
       Jefferson et al.

Right.  But it isn't enough.  We have markets where FSBs, with their
current strategies, are non-players.  Does that mean that Free
Software helps to promote progress in programming, but does not do the
whole job?  (Not to mention that willfully choosing such strategies
is business suicide.)