Crowdfunding, Micro-Patronage, And The Future Of Free Software

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http://techcrunch.com – The “free” in Free Software refers to “freedom”, rather than cost. It is largely a happy coincidence that Free Software is available gratis. Copyleft licensing certainly helps, but there’s no overarching reason that Free-as-in-Freedom software need not cost anything. As Free Software has evolved and matured over the years, several major developmental archetypes have emerged. There’s the hobbyist software, worked on here and there as free time permits by one or more developers. There’s the “this isn’t a competitive advantage” software (IT news)