"rights" and "freedoms"

Pete Schaeffer schaeff at packet.net
Fri Oct 15 16:52:22 UTC 1999

On Fri, 15 Oct 1999, L. Peter Deutsch wrote:

> And I stand by my previous statement that in the presence of
> effective competition, [Red Hat] won't have the surplus income that
> will allow them to fund development.  Free software development
> will have to continue to be subsidized by the revenue from
> non-free products, just as it always has been.

God knows I don't want to get too far into this brawl, but it's
at least worth pointing out that this, like the statements it
intends to refute, is just hand-waving.  It's an assertion every
bit as unfounded as the ones to which it is a response.  I don't
say it's false, just that it's a little odd coming from someone
who keeps demanding -- justly -- that his correspondents give
evidence for everything they say.  

Why oh why didn't I take the _blue_ pill?

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