[linux-audio-user] (OSS vs. RME) vs. (OSS + RME) [slightly OT]

Marek Peteraj marpet at naex.sk
Sun Dec 19 09:03:44 EST 2004

On Sun, 2004-12-19 at 04:12, Lee Revell wrote:
> On Sun, 2004-12-19 at 05:48 +0100, Marek Peteraj wrote:
> > The issue here is basically - someone
> > does work he doesn't get paid for, and another one profits from such
> > work.
> This happens every time anyone pays for a Linux distro. 

This is not the same thing. Consider the number of commercial distros
currently available that target home users. Consider how many developers
work for companies that release such commercial distros. Consider how
much software is needed for a corporate software solution compared to a
typical home user distro. And they still distribute linux even if they
charge a fee for it. 

A hardware company just sells their own units.

>  If you really
> object to this then you should not be writing free software. 

This won't solve anything. The goal should be to find a solution which
would allow for financial compensation to original authors, however i
don't see this happening until linux becomes mainstream(i.e. open source
driving the world of software) simply because it would need a complete
overhaul of copyright law and a worldwide adoption of such


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