Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: ransom
From: Adam Theo <>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 04:49:33 -0400

Simon Cozens wrote:

> On Mon, Oct 15, 2001 at 02:07:25AM -0500, Lynn Winebarger wrote:
>>    On the other hand, isn't expecting an individual to spend his
>>precious time on software without expecting a nickel pretty obnoxious?
> *Expecting* it is. Some of us, however, still do this out of choice.

Yes, certainly agreed, Mr Cozens. Expecting others to work for free is 
not right. However, not only do I say that people who willingly and 
gladly work for free (because they love it, because they need it, 
whatever) are OK, but I admire them for what they are willing to 
sacrifice (even if they don't consider it a sacrifice themselves).

> We are not the starving artists in a garret, dying for our art, people,
> and let's not pretend that we are. We're writing the code because we
> need it for ourselves, because we want to, or, quite simply, for fun.

I hope you do not take this talk Ransom to be a declaration of "starving 
artist rights". I certainly don't think the free developers are all 
needy, starving artists. I investigate and develop these models for 
compensation because I think that those who want to contribute to 
society don't have to do it for free. I think that both can be done. 
(this leads into a personal belief of how the non-profit and for-profit 
ideals could merge to create "money-making good-doers", so i'll stop 
here :-)

> Free software wouldn't even *exist* if people refused to code unless
> they thought they'd get paid for it.

Again, I hope you don't think I'm applying these needs and desires upon
everyone who developes free software. I consider that just as obnoxious
as expecting everyone to code for free. The key word in all this is
"Everyone" :-) "Someone" is better :-)

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