brainstorming for UDS-N - Application Developers

Krzysztof Klimonda kklimonda at
Mon Oct 4 20:56:54 BST 2010

On Mon, 2010-10-04 at 15:42 -0400, Scott Kitterman wrote:
> > 
> > I don't see proprietary applications (add-ons? what do you mean) being
> > demotivating for our community developers unless whole Ubuntu makes a
> > switch to promote them and FOSS applications suffer in the process.
> Should I invest my time in building a Free operating system or in things that 
> Ubuntu will distribute for me that I will get paid for?  If I continue to 
> invest my time in the Free operating system while other people profit from my 
> work with proprietary applications sold on Ubuntu, how much of a fool am I?
> Scott K

Fair point. But on the other hand even right now, at least one company
is making an indirect profit from our volunteer work. I'd say that if
there is still a FOSS community then we are not fools only because there
are other people who make money thanks to our work.

I guess the question is whether lack of proprietary application means
that a free and open source application takes its place (in a finite
amount of time) or that no similar application is developed at all or it
too unpolished for most users. This is probably more true for games and
less so for other software but still, in my opinion, as long as after
good software come more users, and part of them become a part of our
community, its our gain.

Krzysztof Klimonda <kklimonda at>
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