I've got a major question...

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu
Thu Jun 27 19:57:38 UTC 2019

On 2019-06-27 14:12, Jerry wrote:
> On Thu, 27 Jun 2019 10:40:53 -0500, Valeri Galtsev stated:
>> ;-) Just listing nuisances I've seen myself. Couldn't fit into
>> question the biggest one: "software for rent"... Even Adobe (whom I
>> always thank for postscript) lost my respect big time for starting
>> doing that.
> I could not disagree more with that assessment of 'software leasing' in
> general and Adobe in particular. For $32.01 per month for the entire
> Creative Cloud applications with 100GB storage. Since you are allowed
> two active instances, that effectively works out to $16 per month.
> That is less than my petty cash fund. Also, you receive all updates as
> they are released free of charge. When you consider that purchasing all
> of Adobe's Cloud applications would cost over $2000, and then finding
> yourself with software that will soon be out of date, I consider this a
> steal.
> I think the problem is that all too many individuals believe everything
> should be free, except of course their own time and labor.

I hope, you didn't derive this from what I said. As what I said wasn't 
at all intended to mean that. My own effort is valuable for me and I do 
value the effort of people who created my tools. These are only rare 
occasions when great open source suites are actually paid for, not 
created on bare enthusiasm (Postfix comes to my mind, created by Vietse 
Venema who worked for IBM at that time, and IBM was really keen to have 
decent replacement for sendmail to offer for everybody).

> I work for a
> living and expect to be paid. I have no problem with others thinking the
> same way. I am not a socialist who wants something for nothing. Nothing
> is more expensive than "free".

And I keep repeating the same: good work should be paid for. By 
customer. (Who still is free to evaluate durability of his/her purchase).


Valeri Galtsev
Sr System Administrator
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
Phone: 773-702-4247

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