Gotham City Yesterday
I'd like to hire you to work for me, 40 hours per week plus OT. In exchange I will pay you $0. I will own all IP you create under my employment, maintain all commission streams you generate in perpetuity, and be free to loan you to my friends under the same terms. Sounds about as reasonable to me as a company giving away it's products for free. Much like Obama and all of his "free", development and products have a real cost and that cost must be met to ensure we move development forward.
To which I replied:
Some people think that all free open-source software (FOSS) is written by amateurs who only do it for the good feeling they get. Actually, while there are programs written for altruistic reasons, at least 50% of FOSS programs are written by people who get paid to write them: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/...-a-9-to-5-job/
The GNU license, under which most FOSS software is licensed, requires that the software be made available for free; Red Hat Linux is required to be made available at no charge. However, there's nothing in the GNU license that says you can't make money. Red Hat makes its money by providing service, and Red Hat certainly pays it developers well to write FOSS. Red Hat has made a profit every year it has been in business, and became a billion-dollar business in 2011.
Your comment shows your unawareness of how these things work. Besides, your politics betray you. That's PRESIDENT Obama.
And another reply:
Urbana IL 19 hours ago
The difference being that Linux is actually moving development forward, while Microsoft's record on the phone is: swing and a miss, swing and a miss, swing and a miss, swing and a miss... but our next swing will be awesome!
By the way, how much does Google charge you every time you look something up? Nothing? Guess Google doesn't have any development costs to make up.