[OT]Re: Books...

Yigal Chripun yigal100 at gmail.com
Sun May 11 17:30:13 PDT 2008

BCS wrote:
> Reply to Lars,
>> BCS wrote:
>>> Reply to Lars,
>>>> Well, there are quite a few successful companies which has such a
>>>> business model in the software business, so hardly what could be
>>>> called an experiment.
>>>> All Linux distributing companies (RedHat, Suse/Novell, Canonical),
>>>> TrollTech with Qt, mySQL (you know the thing ;), eZ (ez.no), and
>>>> many many more.
>>> Most of those, IIRC, have a free version and a for sale version and
>>> they provide tech support only on the for sale one. That not quite
>>> what I was thinking. I'm thinking, no for sale version at all. The
>>> company would just have a donations page, and an explicit statement
>>> that donations can effect the priority of fixing particular bugs and
>>> whatnot.
>> I don't see the difference? The software is the same - either you
>> download it, or you pay, then download it. Or you can download, then
>> pay later if you decide to use it.
> The difference is you never pay for the software, end of story. The
> cost, no matter what, is Zero. Possibly even the tech support would be
> free. It would be like if Walter started putting price tags on bugs "pay
> me $50 and I'll fix bug X sooner ($250 and I'll do it now) or don't and
> I'll get around to it sooner or later" (Not that I think he would do
> that, or that he should or should not) I would a a sort of vote with
> cash for what you think is important. Not a good way to run a country,
> but it might work for a company.

also i forgot to mention, natural-docs operate in that matter. you can
pay to make your preferred language higher on the todo list.

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