In a discussion on why directly monetizing an existing free software project doesn't work:
"There's a long list of free shit that we're building on top of. It's a bit like somebody sticking a cherry ontop of a free cake then trying to charge for it."
- A rather accurate HN comment. https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21155858
@abs This is in the context of monetizing free software; there aren't many companies doing that.
Proprietary software is a whole different beast, of course; But that's typically targeted at users who didn't expect the cake to be free in the first place.
@abs Uh, right, I see now that the argument could be interpreted to mean that it's unfair to ask for money when you're building on top of free software. That's not how I initially read it.
The argument is indeed that it doesn't make much sense to build a business around selling a free software component to people who don't pay a thing for any of the other free software components they use.
@ayo oh ffs do i have to pull that out from my g+ archives? ugh
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