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So I have been thinking lately, do you think that you should share your code with others or even give it away for free?

Lets say you have been working really hard on a software and you are selling copies of your software. Do you think you should post the code online while the software is selling copies or only after you as a developer decided to stop supporting that particular software?
    
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Do you believe in open source code?

I believe it exists tongue.gif

Seriously though, I think people place too much significance on software licences these days. There's room for both open source and closed source. Just as there's room for those that want to give away their code and those that want to charge for it.
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I don't really care and I don't think most people do, unless they are a freetard. As long as the software works, who cares right?
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Isn't the whole idea with open source, that people who wants to contribute to the code/project is able to do so, without paying any fees or royalties? So in an open source project, companies as well as individual programmers are able to add to the project and use it themselves. As far as I understand, open source isn't about you making an application and then sharing the code.
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Isn't the whole idea with open source, that people who wants to contribute to the code/project is able to do so, without paying any fees or royalties? So in an open source project, companies as well as individual programmers are able to add to the project and use it themselves. As far as I understand, open source isn't about you making an application and then sharing the code.

Well yes but someone has to write the first version of the software right? Like when Linus wrote the first version of the kernel, then he opened it up and others got involved. It has to start somewhere is my point.
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well lets take DOOM for example. John carmack sold the game and after a year or so, he released the source code for the community to change the game and do whatever they want with it as long as they don't sell it.

The same thing goes for most of ID Software games.
    
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well lets take DOOM for example.John carmack sold the game and after a year or so he released the source code for the comunity to change the game and do whatever they want with it as long as they don't sell it.
The same thing goes for most of ID Software games.

That is probably the best thing to do. Isn't minecraft open source?
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That is probably the best thing to do. Isn't minecraft open source?

No... I don't think so. They never release code for their software.
    
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Well yes but someone has to write the first version of the software right? Like when Linus wrote the first version of the kernel, then he opened it up and others got involved. It has to start somewhere is my point.

Well, if that is what is meant, then yes, I believe in it. A lot of great things has come from open source.
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No... I don't think so. They never release code for their software.

Oh. I thought they did.
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