Subject: Re: Kent, why do you use free software
From: Erik Naggum <>
Date: Sun, 31 Mar 2002 09:18:58 GMT
Newsgroups: comp.lang.lisp
Message-ID: <>

* Eric Moss
| Pardon the digression, but something someone said here didn't sound quite
| right.  They equated giving software away with giving bread away and
| destroying the livelihood of bakers, or something like that.  I have a
| hard time equating the individual donations of many volunteers with the
| centralized, coerced extraction of tax money to distribute a single,
| bland product.

  Where did "centralized, coerced extraction of tax money" come from?

| Maybe I missed the point of the story

  Looks very much like you got hung up in something unrelated to the story.

| All this was done (apparently) with the only coercion being that noone
| who agreed to participate would coerce others to contribute for free to
| their own profit-making.

  Coercion is _so_ not the point.

  In a fight against something, the fight has value, victory has none.
  In a fight for something, the fight is a loss, victory merely relief.