[linux-audio-dev] Re: [linux-audio-user] Re: Free Software vs. Open Source: Where do *you* stand?

Jan Depner eviltwin69 at cableone.net
Mon Feb 20 22:17:36 UTC 2006

On Mon, 2006-02-20 at 16:16 -0500, Lee Revell wrote:
> On Mon, 2006-02-20 at 13:01 -0800, Kjetil S. Matheussen wrote:
> > But please, IMO, don't pay for any non-open source software. There are
> > lots of excellent p2p tools you can use to get the software you need. 
> > Please don't support makers of non-open source software. 
> What?!?!?  Are you serious?  This is terrible advice.  Just because we
> don't like their business model does not give us the right to steal from
> them.
> How can we expect people to abide by the GPL if we don't respect their
> licensing terms?  Stealing proprietary software is exactly as immoral as
> proprietary vendors ripping off GPL'ed code.

    Second that!  Be ethical in whatever you do.  I also have to say
that if you can't find an open source package that does what you need
and there is a proprietary one that does, then buy it.  Programmers have
to eat too ;-)

Jan 'Evil Twin' Depner
The Fuzzy Dice

"As we enjoy great advantages from the invention of others, we should be 
glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and 
this we should do freely and generously."

Benjamin Franklin, on declining patents offered by the governor of 
Pennsylvania for his "Pennsylvania Fireplace", c. 1744

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