> > The "high level of support" is where the money can be made (See ACT).
> I am assuming you are referring to the fact that ACT is not cheap.
ACT's support charges are way too high for a "private citizen." But
compared to other vendors that I will not name, ACT works for peanuts.
And ACT's support (during the short period I had it) was the best I had
gotten from anywhere.
> This giving away code or not giving away code is going to be a thorn. True
> we all benefit from free software, however, some of us like to earn money.
> Call me crazy, however, I would hate to see my hard efforts go to a pirate
> who makes money off my labor. There may be some pieces of software
> that is truly deserving of being free because of its common application or
> lack of marketability. These I don't have a problem with. The other types
> of software, well, needs to be determined if it is a give away or some other
> form of licensing.
While I sympathize with these sentiments, if you want more people to work
in Ada, you have to give them
1. something they can work on.
2. something they think is worth working on.