Re: Funding GPL projects or funding the GPL?

From: David Schwartz (
Date: Thu Aug 01 2002 - 04:32:09 EST

On Wed, 31 Jul 2002 16:03:59 -0400 (EDT), Bill Davidsen wrote:

>This is totally unrelated to the ecconomic model, we have many proofs that
>code quality is unrelated to financial compensation. People write crap
>code for both fun and profit. So what you say is totally true, but has
>zero to do with why the author wrote the code. You have to QA any code
>before using it, why the developer wrote it is irrelevant.

        No matter how many proofs you have or how good they are, I won't believe it
because this fails the giggle test. Here's a simple counter-proof. I want to
write an SQL server from scratch. I create two teams, one with $50,000 and
one with $5,000,000. You can honestly tell me that it's equally like that
either team will produce a higher quality SQL server?

        This reminds me of the proofs that supposedly showed that locking up
convicted criminals for longer didn't lower the crime rate. Are we honestly
supposed to believe that otherwise honest people commit more crimes to make
up the difference?


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