Subject: Re: crux of the essence
From: Simon Cozens <>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 09:16:10 +0100

On Mon, Oct 15, 2001 at 03:47:47AM -0700, Tom Lord wrote:
> Suppose it really is impossible to get, at least approximately, "per
> copy" payment for a free software product.  In that case, isn't this
> a fundamental bug in capitalism -- a complete disincentive to write
> certain kinds of program? 

Which kinds of program does this sufficiently discourage? I note that
certain kinds of program, up to and including full-scale operating
systems, have been written without the expectation of per-copy payment.

"He was a modest, good-humored boy.  It was Oxford that made him insufferable."