bazoukas wrote:I totally agree with you on that one. But isnt it like free advertisment? For example QT Troll. I wouldnt know that program that existed even if they hit me in the head with it. But since it came with RH I learned about it. And I do believe that QT troll for example wants you to pay for lisences. There was an article about it grom George Staikos (He is a programmer for KDE using Troll) and he had an article about costs of using QT and such.
I assume you are referring to Qt by Trolltech. I don't understand your concern over this. The Qt that comes with Red Hat is GPL and has been since September of 2000:
http://www.trolltech.com/newsroom/annou ... 00043.html
Now I believe they have a separate license if you want to write proprietary applications based on Qt where you would have to pay a license fee. I find this perfectly acceptable and a downright good business model.
Dont you agree though that if a Distro puts together a good set of packages (not bug infested) they do have to get some money for that? Simply for the effort of all the research they have put on it.
No, not really, and apparently most distro companies don't believe that either or they wouldn't offer a free download. These distro vendors make their cash off of support, obviously the support is easier if their distro is well put together and not bug infested. Not once has Red Hat ever tried to "shame" me into purchasing their distro. Obviously they have to make a certain amount of money to stay in business but in Red Hat's case it's through selling support, services, education (RHCE), etc. Of course they don't have their RHAS available for download so I don't know where to go with that one... I guess it's why I have never touched RHAS personally.
But I see what you are saying about how programmers not getting payed for it but at the end if a big Distro promotes their Software doesnt that help the developers of that application get recognized even more?
Well most open source developers are not in it for the money or for the recognition. They are in it because they have written software to solve a problem of theirs and wanted to share it with others. In return they reap software that other people have written, it's really the basic point of open source. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.
Obviously we benefit by having the major distros put this software together into a nice easy to install package. I have no problem with people paying for it and supporting the distro. No one should be shamed into it though. People who can afford it and feel like passing a little love, by all means do it. People who are on a tight budget, download and use the software, that's what it's there for. If later on down the road it has improved your business and are prospering from it you may feel like passing on a little love and get support from the horses mouth rather than forums like this, by all means go for it, but don't feel obligated. And there is always Debian that is just as bit as good if not better than most other distros out there that will always be free and open.