Subject: Re: ransom
From: Adam Theo <adamtheo@theoretic.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2001 17:21:27 -0400

Norbert Bollow wrote:

> FreeDevelopers is not a "small ground-up software development
> company"...  in fact FD's business model is based on growing
> quickly and become a major player very quickly.  With this
> approach, it is not necessary to walk the road of ransomware.
> In fact, FreeDevelopers is committed to making all code GPL'd,
> without exception.  There is no need for my "copyleft ransomware"
> ideas in FreeDevelopers.
> 
> In my opinion the business model of FreeDevelopers is rock
> solid.  If FD fails, then that's not the fault of the GPL but
> the fault of people who have failed to properly implement it.
> 
> But it's not good if there are no viable alternatives for
> commercial Free Software development.  If you have a good idea
> for a software project, then you should have the freedom to
> start a Free Software development company which implements this
> idea. You won't have this freedom until there is a proven
> business model for Free Software development with a good
> reputation among venture capitalists.


Ahh... OK. Understood now. Regardless, my orig8inal point of small 
"ground-up" free software development companies, which you agreed to, 
remains.


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