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SubjectRe: Funding GPL projects or funding the GPL?
On Tue, 30 Jul 2002, Hans Reiser wrote:

> There is nothing in the funding mechanism that causes features to go in,
> merely to cause features to get paid for.
> Do you understand that capitalism has this problem in general, that when
> consumers/users decide who gets money they make a lot of mistakes. The
> only thing we know is that when the experts of production decide things
> instead the results are usually worse (communist systems have things
> determined by producers not consumers, though it must be said that there
> are some things that communists designed better than the west).

A little research will show that the governments have little to
do with design. Governments just tend to determine what will
be designed. Most designers, Engineers, Architects, etc., design
in spite of governments influence, not because of it. Both governments
and consumers generate markets for products. When consumers make
mistakes, people lose their jobs. When governments make mistakes people
lose their lives. Government is both necessary and dangerous, like oxygen.

Dick Johnson
Penguin : Linux version 2.4.18 on an i686 machine (797.90 BogoMips).
The US military has given us many words, FUBAR, SNAFU, now ENRON.
Yes, top management were graduates of West Point and Annapolis.

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