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How Free is Free Software

It takes time and money to design and build computer software. Yet some people and companies develop software and give it away or charge a ridiculously small fee. What motivates people and companies to give up a source of income? Are the developers on ego trips or really providing a service to the industry? Is free software a threat to companies that sell competing software? What is the cost of using "free" software? Panelists described their motives and experiences with open-source software and shareware.

Moderator
William Lorensen
General Electric Company
 
Panelists
Larry Gritz
Pixar Animation Studios
 
Bill Hibbard
University of Wisconsin
 
William Lorensen
General Electric Company
 
Will Schroeder
Kitware
 
Michael Tiemann
Red Hat, Inc.
 

 

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