Wow Pete, that was a solid reply on all of the questions asked. I thought
I would chime in with my reasons for doing free open source on
[1]http://mowyourlawn.com. At the end of the day it is a "thrill hobby"
for me. Hobbies usually involve friends and a number of friends (internet
friends that is) have been made over the years and that has made it worth
the effort. Much of my open source stuff like RPGMail and RPGChartEngine
were things that I just had to try because I wanted the challenge of
trying something I hadn't done before (i.e. the thrill).

Open source software has never made money for me really. To date I have
made $20 off of my open source on [2]www.mowyourlawn.com. I almost didn't
cash the check as I wanted to frame it as the one guy that followed
through will giving a free will donation after having been giving free
stuff away for 7 years now on mowyourlawn.com :-)

Simon, maybe we could put it in a different light slightly. Why do you
participate in this list? It is probably because you get some of your
questions answered and you help to answer others questions, and at the end
of the day if feels good to be part of a community that will take time out
of their day to be a servant to another. (at least it is better than
thinking about current politics :-) I would consider someone to be part
of F/OSS at a intellectual participation level if they have ever answered
somebodies question on the lists. Not all F/OSS is tangibly producing a
large down loadable product.

Those are my thoughts,
Aaron Bartell
[3]http://mowyourlawn.com

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