"rights" and "freedoms"

L. Peter Deutsch ghost at aladdin.com
Fri Oct 15 17:42:26 UTC 1999

> 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.

That's fair.  As a start, look at the prices charged by the various Linux
distributors, and the sizes of their development staffs.  Red Hat is the
most expensive, and has the largest staff.  (I hope someone will correct me
if I get any facts wrong.)  Of course, that doesn't speak directly my claim
that competition will eventually bring *all* their prices down to the point
that the surplus won't support a significant development staff, but it's
suggestive evidence.


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