"rights" and "freedoms"
nelson at crynwr.com
Thu Oct 14 20:36:57 UTC 1999
L. Peter Deutsch writes:
> > Programmers are free to provide their programming services to people, using
> > the works of their community to improve their ability to provide services.
> That's the issue in a nutshell. The Free Software movement verges on taking
> the position that the only legitimate way for programmers to make money is
> to provide services. I make the analogy with composers of music and writers
> of fiction. I have yet to hear a persuasive explanation of why Free
> Software advocates think it's OK for authors of fiction to be paid for each
> copy of their work, but not programmers. If the distinction is between a
> "purely expressive" and a "functional" work, how about authors of cookbooks?
> Authors of how-to books of all kinds? Authors of reference works? Why is
> software different? And if it isn't different, why are software authors
> singled out?
Y'know, I don't feel that way about it. I enjoy working with Open
Source software much more than closed source software. I'm more
productive, and I feel a lot less frustration. I have managed to make
a living doing this for the past eight years, and I don't see any time
in the future when I might have to stop.
I'm just *so* happy I could shit. I really don't worry about being
compensated for my work. I'm quite well paid, and expect that to
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