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russ_watters
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Feb19-10, 02:34 PM
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Hi all,

I hear all this talk about how open source is awesome and how software should be free and accessible to anyone. While I do enjoy gaining access to free software and whatnot, I can't help but wonder, how do software developers actually make money if the open source thing catches on?

Likewise, everybody loves a free download of music but from the other perspective, how would artists or producers make money if everything was free?

Please enlighten me on this.
I agree with you. I read "Free as in Freedom" and frankly, I though it was a bunch of hippie crap.

Free as in Freedom interweaves biographical snapshots of GNU project founder Richard Stallman with the political, social and economic history of the free software movement. Starting with how it all began--a desire for software code from Xerox to make the printing more efficient--to the continuing quest for free software that exists today. It is a movement that Stallman has at turns defined, directed and manipulated. Like Alan Greenspan in the financial sector, Stallman has assumed the role of tribal elder in a community that bills itself as anarchic and immune to central authority. Free as in Freedom looks at how the latest twists and turns in the software marketplace have done little to throw Stallman off his pedestal.
http://www.amazon.com/Free-Freedom-R.../dp/0596002874

However, I'll give him props for keeping with his message and releasing his book in the public domain: http://oreilly.com/openbook/freedom/