I've got a major question...

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at rocketmail.com
Thu Jun 27 20:16:12 UTC 2019

On Thu, 27 Jun 2019 15:12:21 -0400, Jerry wrote:
>I am not a socialist who wants something for nothing.
>Nothing is more expensive than "free".

This is based upon a fundamental error in reasoning.

Software to rent for artists could be a serious problem. I don't want
the software for free as in beer. I want to buy (pay for it and then
own) the software I want to use, since there are times when I have
money and there are times all I've got to eat, are the wallpapers from
my walls. To do some work, the software to do the work is
needed. If an artist can't pay the rent for the software, the artist
can't do the artwork to earn money.

You might argue that instead of paying a lot of money at on time, set
up an account with all that money and set up a standing order for the
rent. This is worldly innocent, such preliminary planning isn't an
option for everybody, let alone that not everybody using professional
software, is using it for a business model.

Btw. a worldview were things are for free as in beer isn't necessarily
a socialists worldview. In 100 years and maybe much earlier, an
unconditional basic income most likely is the only solution to preserve
civilisation. Market economy, even social market economy as we know
it, unlikely will exist for much longer. The importance of FLOSS most
likely will increase, this is not necessarily related to UNIX/POSIX
alike operating systems.

To me the attempts to provide more and more software for a rent only,
seems to be the last resort to rip off users for the very last time,
before the world order will make a fundamental change related to
economy, ecological awareness and social progress.

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