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[News] Free Software Driven by Goodwill, Not Greed

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Why Free Software is a Con-Trick

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| This is why proprietary software will never be able to beat free software: 
| because the latter always brings with it an implicit cry for help, rather 
| than simply offering us a cold and clinical business deal, it triggers the 
| release of a powerful neurochemical that actually makes us feel good when we 
| respond to that appeal. It turns out that it's altruism, not greed, that is 
| good.     


Open source is not all about the money

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| No matter what happens to Sun open source is not going away. Financially it 
| may find its level to be lower than its boosters first thought, but there are 
| many more ways to compute value other than the change in your pocket.  



Father of microloans sees end to poverty

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| Computer programmer Tom Bostelmann had felt disconnected from philanthropy as 
| a tech guy. Now he works as a consultant to the Grameen Technology Center, 
| developing open-source banking systems software.  


Altruism and open source

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| The story illustrates a point. That is, open source goals are often
| directed outward, not inward. It's not, I'm going to make money, but
| we're going to accomplish some larger goal.
| Often the target of open source ambition is the customer. Open
| source projects drive out costs and bring savings, which multiply
| as customers learn more about their open source tools. 


Why Do Some Software Programmers Work for Free?

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| In the end, the results suggest that a potential monetary payoff down the 
| line does motivate software developers to be more productive, but many 
| developers are still attracted to the movement for things besides pecuniary 
| rewards. They just don't seem to work as hard.   

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