[antlr-interest] Price of Antlr Studio
Jose San Leandro
jose.sanleandro at ventura24.es
Thu Sep 22 02:06:19 PDT 2005
The last thing I want is to bother anybody.
I just feel many of you miss the key point. I's not about whether anybody can
download it at no extra cost. It's not about commercial vs free.
I personally find uninteresting if you develop ANTLR Studio aiming to make
money or not. It's your decision, which doesn't affect me but my wallet (I
probably should be more used to pay regardless of the license). That is what
*commercial* means. However, it's good you have found a motivation to develop
a tool to help the ANTLR community.
However, if I get your software, having paid for it or not, and I notice that
I don't have access to the source code, and that you force me to accept a
EULA which restricts almost everything I can do with your software, then some
people would have no option but to reject it. That is what *free* means.
There's no need to accept unacceptable rules, even though we're used to. The
author gets an illussion of "protection" by legally restricting and
physically difficulting other uses of his software.
If you make it commercial, and *free*, then I would keep an eye open on your
IDE, and even offer you my help eventually. If you make it commercial but
*not free*, then, for me, ANTLR Studio doesn't exist.
One last thing, please don't get confused by Copyright and licenses. Nobody
has the right to claim himself as the author of ANTLR Studio. You write it,
you are the Copyright owner.
On Thursday 22 September 2005 00:24, Prashant Deva wrote:
> The price of ANTLR Studio for a single user license would be -
> For all those who are against the commercialization of ANTLR Studio-
> I dont know why you guys are against commercial software. I think
> commercial is the best way to develop a software, especially one like
> an IDE . NO,I *DO NOT* think free, open source, gpled software is the
> best way to develop software. I think money is a good motive to
> develop software and if possible I would really like to make money by
> doing so than in any other way. Yes, i do think money motivates one to
> develop software. You do tend to give something a higher priority if
> you get paid for it. And if you give a higher priority to something it
> does turn out better. I do think ANTLR would a far better software
> and there would be far earlier releases of it if we all paid Terence
> 500$ each time we downloaded it. (No offense meant Terence. Please
> dont take this in the wrong way.)
> Take for example eclipse itself. Sure its free, but the developers who
> develop it are paid highly by IBM to sit and code, cause it serves IBM
> in their strategy for software services which makes them money
> eventually. They dont give eclipse for free cause they like you and
> care for you.
> As i have already mentioned before i want to make the best IDE for
> ANTLR and and i dont think i can do that by giving it for free. If you
> can please go ahead and make one.
> Someone mentioned something about 'freedom'. Hell, its an IDE , what
> freedom do you want other than to use it? If you want to develop on
> top of it maybe in the next version i can put in an interface for
> Of course, if by freedom you mean that you take the source , change it
> a wee bit and add your name to it, then NO , you cant do that and i
> would not want you to do that either.
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