[Lazarus] OFFTOPIC: Money Model, for Lazarus

Hans-Peter Diettrich DrDiettrich1 at aol.com
Tue Dec 7 20:50:51 CET 2010

Joost van der Sluis schrieb:

> Lazarus and Free Pascal are really driven by volunteers, and so those
> who offer support (Like on the LazarusSupport website) have their own
> website. It would not be fair to place links to LazarusSupport as if it
> was also from the main teams.

It's not a matter of fairness, but a matter of usability. The team 
provides a software that, for itself, is not very usable for everyday or 
commercial use. The service providers guarantee the continued use of the 
software to their customers, and may support their own stable branches. 
They are not paid for providing the software, instead they are paid for 
their assurance of usability of the software.

Not to forget that there can exist a cash flow, from the service 
providers to the developers, for the implementation of requested 
features or bugfixes.


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