Maybe I should've let Lee's comment speak for me (whether or not he agrees with my position). So the stock market adopts Linux. Big whoop! Who cares? My friend bought a Windows box. A company I do work for just bought a few new Macs. So what? They're companies. They pay for the software not you.
Apparently, you're the one who cares, because you're shouting from the rooftops that open-source authors are getting shafted from IBM. Or have you forgotten the original argument already?
The reason I care is that you don't seem to "get" the possible reasoning behind open-sourcing projects, and why it's (usually) not a big deal that companies like IBM profit from it.
Hell, I can honestly say I've never contributed to any open-source project of note, code-wise. Every time you read one of my comments (I don't know how OSDN's advertising system works) there's the possiblity that people at OSDN and rusty/Inoshiro make money off that page. Does that piss me off? No. Hell, it helps keep the 'site here, I'm enjoying this right now, it's okay.
I have themes and background on themes.org. Again, that's an OSDN partner, and someone's making money off of advertising, and I'm making squat off of the themes I've put together. Do I care? No. Why not? Because, damn it, sometimes I borrow from copyrighted material. If I wanted to try to profit from that work, I'd have to set up a business, get the copyrighted material I've used cleared, etc. I don't care to do that, so I share my stuff with the world anyway.
Take a look at Penguin Command, a cute little Open-Sourced clone of Missile Command. See that opening screen? That's my work. Did I charge the author? No. Did I care? No. When I grabbed a copy of Mandrake 8 at my local Staples, I saw that the game was part of the distribution (and I can only assume is part of other distributions. Do I care that I'm not getting a (tiny) cut? No. Why the hell not? Well, it wasn't code; it was art! Lots easier than coding. :-) Plus, dealing with such formalities is a pain, man. I'd rather give away such a thing, especially since it's free for the download anyway. :-D
So if anyone's bitter, they weren't aware of what they were getting into. Okay? Sounds like you weren't. So sad for you. Now move on, produce your closed-source software, and live a happy life, and realize that not everyone feels screwed by IBM making a profit off of distributing open-sourced software.
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