Subject: Re: Paper on dual licensing
From: Ian Lance Taylor <ian@airs.com>
Date: 05 Dec 2002 09:45:53 -0800

Jack Hughes <jack.hughes@mac.com> writes:

> That's an interesting point...does that mean that the licence, open
> or otherwise, isn't an overriding factor in whether software is
> adopted or not for many people?

I'm not sure whether this is a serious question.  Obviously the answer
is yes.  Most people care only whether software solves their problem.
The license is only an issue insofar as it affects that.  If there
were two identical products for sale at the same price with different
licenses, people might think about the license.  Since that never
actually happens, the license is rarely a factor in a software
purchase.

Even as a few companies turn away from Microsoft's latest licensing
push, they're not doing it because they don't like the license per se;
they're doing it to save money, and because they spend enough money on
software that it makes a difference.

Ian