"rights" and "freedoms"

Rodent of Unusual Size Ken.Coar at Golux.Com
Fri Oct 15 03:03:34 UTC 1999

David Johnson wrote:
> and 4) Just sell the software. Enough people will buy it to
> support the developers. Yeah, right! Why give $59.95 to AbiSource
> when I can get it for $2 from cheapbytes along with everything
> else on a Linux distro.
> So, all in all, I don't see any way for AbiSource to legitimately
> make money. Am I missing something very basic?

Dunno.  My sister just sold on eBay for US$12 some brand-name
chocolate she bought for US$4.99.  Barnum's Theorem would
seem to be a factor here.  Why do people pay US$50 (or is it
US$75 now?) for Red Hat's distribution when it's on the
'net for the price of the bandwidth?  Why do people buy
paper copies of books and documents available for free on the

I don't know the answers, but it certainly seems possible that
there are some, and that they could potentially apply here.
#ken    P-)}

Ken Coar                    <http://Web.Golux.Com/coar/>
Apache Software Foundation  <http://www.apache.org/>
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