[Ardour-Users] subscription support down, your ideas sought

Ralf Mardorf ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net
Thu May 15 08:07:36 PDT 2008

Thomas Vecchione wrote:
> On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 10:50 AM, Ralf Mardorf
> <ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net <mailto:ralf.mardorf at alice-dsl.net>> wrote:
>     Reading this I think the best thing to do is everybody to advice
>     not to
>     use Ardour but to give projects like Rosegarden donations.
>     Why do you program under the GNU if you're only thinking about money,
>     money, money? If I would think like you, I would program proprietary
>     software. It's your own choice.
> While I agree that thinking about money should not be the only
> motivating factor, there is ABSOLUTELY nothing preventing people from
> building a business off open source software development, that is one
> of the freedoms thatis guaranteed by the GPL and I don't know why you
> would think otherwise.

I don't think otherwise but I don't understand this:

> > IMO the freeloaders who use ardour and don't contribute back to the
> > community are ripping all the rest of us off who enable them to use
> > the software.

> As I mentioned there are different business models for different
> markets, and I prefer to use a service based business model for open
> source software, not a product based myself.  If Paul decides he wants
> to go that route he is more than welcome to, but it is an assumption
> that just because people like me point it out as possibilities, that
> it is a guarantee he would go that route.
>     I don't mean no harm but the best thing for you is to make Ardour
>     proprietary.
> COMPLETELY disagree.
>       Seablade

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