Subject: Re: Paying for development on a services model?
From: Tom Lord <lord@regexps.com>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 16:58:54 -0700 (PDT)



       > As a self-appointed Free Software ethicist on
       > fsb@cynwr:

       that might be the problem. When customers decide to
       purchase goods from FSBs their decision is not driven
       by ethics. 

We apparently use the word "ethics" rather differently because, as I
use the word, what you've said isn't simply false -- it's nonsense.

Even my little trade-paperback dictionary has this incomplete but 
relevant definition:

	4. The rules or standards governing the conduct
	   of the members of a profession.

which you can't really separate from either:

	3. The study of the general nature of morals and
	   of moral choices.

or the assesment of value of the products offered by FSBs.

But this isn't alt.philosophy.

-t