The Atari 8 bit community has some great people working in some exciting projects. While I can see some of them wanting to get their money back or make some additional profit, which is totally ok -- I have come to ask me if my fellow Atari users do not enjoy current open source software. Do they even like the whole concept of GNU FREE SOFTWARE (which includes source code) and the Open Source code in whichever licenses are available.
I can understand that some grew up where closed source code was common (while copying was also common.) But , I still see some people wishing to make their software free but without source code. Please note that this is a valid choice.
I have a different point of view, maybe because I'm in academia. I like to share everything that I can. BUt it is also true that many programs I have done, I have not been able to share, because who owns the rights, does not allow me to. With this said, my current project that I'm working for my PhD Thesis, I will make it totally free and open source.
There is money to make with free software. There is money to be make with closed software. Both are ok. I primarily used a mac, so I should know about closed OS
However, with so few of us compare to general tech population, I wonder why don't we make all the software 100% free with source code available. AND NOTE, there are various projects out there already with code.
In general, I'm not saying that is good or bad, but I would like to know what people think here in the community of A8. I think either position is just as valid.
I'm looking forward to know about people's opinion about this subject.
The total of AtariAge Subscriber are 146 for what I can tell (by going to members AtariAge Subscriber.)
I can understand that not everyone is able to afford $30.00 dollars a year (or $50.00 for 2 years.) However, I think that the love that many "talk" about Atari and AtariAge, the support is very little. $30.00 dollars is not a lot of money in most latin america, USA and most Europe. For example, in Colombia, $30.00 dollars is 60,000 pesos , which is not a lot of money for most people, considering this is a one year charge.
I think most people are just not willing to pay for the subscription. However, when it comes to buy additional Atari equipment, they don't mind spending $30 dollars.
I'm here in the US, and with the current economics trouble, $30 dollars are very useful, but still not a lot.
I want to be clear. I understand that some people are not able to buy, but I think the support of only 146 members is not enough.