“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



Entry Number: 05


    How Free is Free Software




    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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