Subject: Re: Cygnus and proprietary software
From: Brian Bartholomew <>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 1997 23:00:00 -0500

> Why would somebody feel misled if they suddenly find out that the
> software is freely redistributable?

"Why did I just pay money for something I could have downloaded for
free?!?  Either I'm an idiot...or...I can't defend a socialist
position with a straight face, everybody will laugh at me and never
trust me with money again...or I got cheated."

I've asked some of my own CUSTOMER PROSPECTS, people that CONTACTED ME
about my software, what they would think if I released Host Factory
libre.  18 out of 20 respondants told me point blank (and I love each
and every one of them for their candor) that they could never justify
a purchase to their organization for something they could download.
Some were semi-sympathetic and explained this to me.  Others used
shorthand and laughed.  I think the remaining two just wanted to use
it for free.  And really, I have to agree with my customers.  Why
should they pay for it if some other schmuck is going to foot the bill
out of some misguided sense of socialism?

Another member of the League for Programming Freedom (LPF)
Brian Bartholomew - - - Working Version, Cambridge, MA