Free software pays off

Ben Finney
Thu Sep 25 07:19:02 2003

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On 25-Sep-2003, Ingo Klcker wrote:
> Apparently the plugin is indeed Free Software. But if nobody maintains
> it then it's pretty much irrelevant whether it's free or not.

On the contrary, that's one of the *primary* differences.  Unmaintained
free software need not languish so long as someone cares enough to
improve it, or motivate someone else to do so.

With free software, you can take the source code and improve it, or pay
someone else to do so, and share the resulting, improved product.

With non-free software, even if you can get the source, the copyright
license probably doesn't allow you to improve and share it, so it's

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