Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Feb 2007 17:38 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Debian and its clones Last September, some of the Debian Linux distribution's leadership wanted to make sure that Etch, the next version of Debian, arrived on its December 4th due date. Almost two months later, though, according to the February 17th Release Critical Bug Report memo to the Debian Developers Announcement list, there are still 541 release critical bugs.
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Have you ever seen what the FSF charges for one of their "deluxe" GNU software distributions? The FSF has no opposition to charging for software, just to restricting the rights of users.

In any case, it should be borne in mind that most software is not sold as a product. Most software is created in support of other products. This balance is only going to shift more towards custom software as the commercial software market becomes saturated (honestly, who really NEEDS yet another version of Photoshop?) and more and more products have embedded software (what open-source project is going to write a free-software implementation of an avionics software package?) Also, while free software means there is less money for producing specific types of high-volume software, it also means that users of these types of software can have more resources to spend on more productive things. We use Linux and GCC at work, because it means we can avoid putting out the $$$ for a copy of VxWorks. That in turn means more of the money from our contract can be spent on hiring people to work on our main project.

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