[MUD-Dev] Libs for 3D Client/Servers

Alistair Milne krug at krug.org.uk
Wed Jul 4 10:35:00 New Zealand Standard Time 2001


On Tue, 3 Jul 2001, Travis Casey wrote:

> This is the only part that wouldn't work under the GPL.  You could
> sell copies of the base client, but you wouldn't be able to
> prevent forks.  (And there wouldn't be much reason for people to
> buy your base client... once someone out there had a copy, they
> could give it away to others.)

Assuming the client is completely open source and copylefted and is
freely downloadable, there are still ways to make money, for example
printed manuals and disks.  Don't underestimate the desire for
people to need a physical thing in their hand when they buy
software.  Reasons can vary from habit, to lack of download
bandwidth, to wanting a real manual to thumb through.  It certainly
accounts for a sizeable chunk of the Linux vendors' incomes.

Alistair


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