On Saturday 25 March 2006 03:08 am, Thomas Beale wrote:
> Rod Roark wrote:
> > The point is, open source (as in Free Software) is NOT a business
> > model.  It's a method and end result of collaboration among users.
> > I make good money at it only because some of those users are willing
> > to pay me to do the techie work for them.
> if someone is paying you something, then there is a business model. It's 
> better to be aware of what it is than pretend that it isn't there....

My business is just work for hire, and I can assure you that I'm aware
of it.  :-)  This has nothing to do with my point.

For a better understanding of the nature of Free Software, see Eric
Raymond's classic work at:


and as an interesting exercise, count how many times the word
"business" appears.

-- Rod

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