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"Team Ada: Ada Advocacy Issues (83 & 95)" <[log in to unmask]>
Robin Reagan <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 9 Jun 2000 16:19:32 -0600
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Robin Reagan <[log in to unmask]>
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At 01:29 PM 6/9/00 -0500, you wrote:
> > > 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.

I don't have any problems with ACTs business model. The software is free
and if you need it you can purchase support. The "other" model I feel is
wrong... Charging an arm and a leg for the product and then charging the other
arm and a leg for FAE support of the product. This seems to be a conflict of
interest to me.

> > 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.

Actually that is why the BSD license is worth a look. The BSD allows you to
an application that runs on a BSD OS without giving away you application
you would like to) This is a major flaw in the GPL AFAIAC.

>Wes Groleau

Robin P. Reagan - Software Engineer     [log in to unmask]
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