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Re: sustainable development

From: olafBuddenhagen
Subject: Re: sustainable development
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2009 02:40:47 +0200
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On Thu, Sep 10, 2009 at 07:59:34AM +0200, Arne Babenhauserheide wrote:

> For example about half the Linux kernel hackers are being paid for
> their ethical work. 

Half? The last analysis I saw concluded 80% *at least*, probably more.

> As long as many people buy unfree software, you might be forced to
> program unfree software to make a living (and most free software
> developers today do that

I don't think this is actually true. My impression is that this is
rather an exception.

Most people who work on free software in their spare time either don't
have a proper job (students etc.), or don't work as programmers but
rather do something completely different for they job, or -- probably
most often -- do custom software at work.

(Custom software is usually non-public, but free for the actual user.)


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