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for every hour he does something for free, he could have been earning an hour's pay

This only applies if what he's doing for free has absolutely no value to him personally, and that is hardly likely. I think the common situation is that an author has a problem, crafts a solution, makes it public, and gets incredibly valuable thorough peer (and often better) review, suggestions and bug-fixes for free. The author wins as his problem is solved and probably more thoroughly and robustly than if he had kept it private. The rest of the comunity wins as another solid tool has been made available.

Should it have been shareware to begin with?

While I agree with everyone else that Perl simply wouldn't be what it is today if it had been shareware (though perhaps if it had been commercial, but that's another debate), more to your current issue, if it had been shareware and someone stopped supporting their shareware offering, then the community would have no recourse.

The source is the key. (Gee that sounds way too obvious - my appoligies to anyone who finds it a waste of bytes.)

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In reply to Re: Perl Commercial Entities? by Albannach
in thread Perl Commercial Entities? by princepawn

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