“How Free is Free Software” by Gritz, Hibbard, Lorensen, Schroeder and Tiemann

  • ©Larry Gritz, William (Bill) L. Hibbard, William (Bill) E. Lorensen, William (Will) J. Schroeder, and Michael Tiemann


    It takes time and money to design and build computer software. Yet some people and companies develop software and give it away or charge a ridiculously small fee. What motivates people and companies to give up a source of income? Are the developers on ego trips or really providing a service to the industry? Is free software a threat to companies that sell competing software? What is the cost of using “free” software? Panelists described their motives and experiences with open-source software and shareware. 

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