Stefan's headers [was:Names and identifiers]
Richard Damon wrote:
> Our current computing environment grew out of the ability for companies
> to make a profit out of the sales of software. Without the base of
> commercial software, the demand for inexpensive hardware to run it on
> wouldn't be there, and computers then would be expensive, and a limited
> base to promote the development of the Free Software movement.
That's all speculation. It's impossible to say how things
would have turned out if copyrights didn't apply to software.
Certainly different, but not necessarily worse.
In the early days, computer manufacturers didn't worry about
people copying their software, because it was no use without
the hardware, and selling hardware was how they made their
money. There's no reason that business model couldn't have
continued into the PC era.