Why are DJGPP, Allegro and ... are free?

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    Why are DJGPP, Allegro and ... free?

    Hi everybody,
    First I'm sorry if my question is not sent to right place and again sorry if it's not smart enough.
    Next I wonder why DJGPP as a very good 32-bit development system for DOS is free and why its great libraries like Allegro are free.
    Do you think I should trust on it? Is it completely safe?
    Using it, is it possible to need something in advanced rogramming that it's not free?
    Sorry if my English is not perfect and Thanks for your help in advance.
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    I see you haven't worked much with DJGPP... which has probably the worst gcc version ever.. it really sucks.. like, only removing a single comment from a source file is enough to remove/cause errors when compilating. and memory leaks in djgpp mean a crashed program, when it should mean only less memory free/ more resources consumption. stupid stuff like that. yet the provided api is very cool

    by the way a better question.. why are apache, netbeans, linux in general, eclipse, firefox all free?!? each of these ones crushs little djgpp, or even allegro.

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    by the way a better question.. why are apache, netbeans, linux in general, eclipse, firefox all free?!? each of these ones crushs little djgpp, or even allegro.[/QUOTE]
    Thanks, But why?

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    But why?
    Because the authors have decided to give them away (or maybe more accurately, decided to license them at zero price), perhaps in return for other benefits (.e.g. reputation, higher profileration of their software, the software satisfies their own needs and they just feel like sharing), especially as there may be other ways to make money from the software (paid support, dual licensing schemes, loss leader strategies, etc).

    I never actually used DJGPP myself, so I cant say how good it is.
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    Thanks, I got it but some people say never trust on free or even cheap things. This reality made me ask this question, I'm really sorry if I said so and I think it was a bit misundrestanding. Thanks anyway.

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    These days free things are some times better. Are you specifically looking to code in a DOS environment? If you are then go download Turbo C from Borland's website. If you are developing for windows then go download Dev-C++ from Bloodshed's website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mehdi_etebari
    Thanks, I got it but some people say never trust on free or even cheap things. This reality made me ask this question, I'm really sorry if I said so and I think it was a bit misundrestanding. Thanks anyway.
    You wouldn't happen to live in Redmond would you? The people there could be a bad influence on you.

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    >by the way a better question.. why are apache, netbeans, linux in general, eclipse, firefox all free?!? each of these ones crushs little djgpp, or even allegro.
    What is wrong with allegro? I think it is a rather nice 2d game programming api.
    Woop?

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    It used to be. But SDL has done laps around Allegro now

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    some people say never trust on free or even cheap things
    How much are you paying for our advice?

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