Subject: Re: Bounty for Bugs in Open Source Projects?
From: Ben Laurie <>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2005 15:20:38 +0100

Laurent GUERBY wrote:
> This misses the point IMHO.
> Free software gets written and FS bugs fixed even without
> money directly involved. This is a fact, it might be hard
> to grasp for some property obsessed economists, but they 
> just have wrong theories.
> You're talking about full costs, but bounties are not
> here to cover full costs. They are here to provide
> a small incentive to some FS developper to focus his/her skill
> on the bounty problem instead of many other possible things.
> Everyone benefits, even if the system is currently very small scale.

But this is often not the case - often what is wanted is something that 
_doesn't_ benefit everyone - i.e. a change that affects only a small 
subset of the user population.

In this case you are likely to have to pay full costs, or close to them.




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