Possibilities for commercial software?

Dean Collins Dean at cognation.net
Fri Jan 26 17:01:06 CET 2007

Dave, whilst all software is free - rent isn't (oh and that nasty habit
of eating every 6-8 hours is a real bitch as well).

Of course there will be commercial software available for the OpenMoko
And once a developer puts a price on an application, should you 'share'
or 'unauthorise copy' an application then you are a pirate.

Unless of course you don't mind me coming over and 'sharing' your



Dean Collins
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Sent: Friday, 26 January 2007 10:55 AM
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Subject: Re: Possibilities for commercial software?

On 26/01/07, Ortwin Regel <ortwin at gmail.com> wrote:
> Two guys I know invested time into porting their game from PalmOS to
> phones. It didn't sell at all but was pirated quite a lot.

Proprietary software developers often refer to unauthorised copying as

This terms implies that copying is ethically equivalent to attacking
ships on the high seas, kidnapping and murdering the people on them.

If you don't believe that sharing is just like kidnapping and murder,
you might prefer not to use the word "piracy" to describe it.

There are neutral terms, like "unauthorized copying," and positive
terms like "sharing with friends."

> That's why I think that a central "official" marketplace with fair
> rates for developers would be a good idea.

I think that selling free software is a great idea, and totally
support a central "official" marketplace that allows developers to
recieve money for their great work.

I do not think that proprietary software should be allowed though,
because it contradicts the spirit of "free your phone"


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