How saucy is Open Source

Roger Eller roger.e.eller at
Wed Sep 2 13:07:49 EDT 2015

On Wed, Sep 2, 2015 at 11:46 AM, Richard Gaskin <ambassador at>

> Richmond wrote:
> >>> On 2 Sep 2015, at 10:03, Richmond wrote:
> >>>> Would it be permissible to sell a book with a CD strapped to its
> >>>> back containing community versions of LiveCode?
>     ...

> You'd be in good company if you did:  Richard Stallman himself used to
> sell floppies containing the GNU utilities, all of them distributed under
> the GNU Public License he'd invented.  After all, he incurred costs in
> material and time to make those floppies, and felt those costs should be
> covered to allow him to continue doing so.
> ...

> Still, it may be not only less expensive for you but also a benefit to the
> user to encourage them to download from, if only to help
> ensure they're getting the most recent version.  At the current pace of
> releases, any batch of CDs is likely to be outdated within just a couple
> weeks after manufacture.
> --
>  Richard Gaskin
>  Fourth World Systems
>  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
>  ____________________________________________________________________
>  Ambassador at      

My earliest experiences with Linux distros came from CDs attached to "Linux
Format" magazine, which followed many of the awesome game CDs and floppies
which were attached to "Amiga Format" magazine.  Those were great times,
and great discs!

I'd like to think that downloading the latest version would be equal to
getting the best version, but with the speed hit, and key features that I
use breaking down, I wouldn't use anything past 6.7.5.  But bugs that
affect my work don't necessarily affect others as much.


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