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Unregistered
05-09-2002, 12:30 AM
Hi

personally i dont believe in evry thing being free, i do believe in CHEAP software, as in $5 or less for an operating system etc.
whats your opinion???

RobR
05-09-2002, 01:37 AM
Reminded me that I was reading the other day about Sun (I think) charging for Star Office, cos none of the corporations would use "free" software, due to concerns over support etc.

Be kinda nice if there could be two "streams" of pricing. One with support, and one without.

Difficult to implement in the real world I guess.

Shiro
05-09-2002, 03:45 AM
There are a lot of people who do programming or work at a software producing company for living. So I think it's not possible to have all software free or even low priced.

Though I must say that there is a lot of software which is, in my opinion, too high priced. I can understand that software which is very specific and only used by certain experts has a quite high price. But software which is to be used by everybody who has a PC, like PC OS'es, spreadsheet-software, databases, wordprocessors etc. should be low priced.

nvoigt
05-09-2002, 05:19 AM
>databases

No one but corporations use real databases. And a real database is a monster that needs a server of it's own. It's amazing how fast this beasts are. I can fully understand that database software is quite expensive.

ygfperson
05-09-2002, 12:47 PM
there are two different kinds of free software: free and free
let me elaborate.

Open source software can have a price tag attached to it, which may be $5. (or more, or cost-free). The essence of free software in this perspective isn't price: it's freedom. Heavy emphasis is placed on the right to modify, distribute, create, and distribute modified versions. There's a whole philosophy behind this.

Free software is cost-less. I'm assuming that's what you meant. I believe cheap software is beneficial, but not really important. The fact that you pay a price is the deciding factor. Free software is much easier to attain because there is no money transacted. It's just given out. That convience is lost no matter what the price is.