Walter Roberson <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message <1H9Bo.email@example.com>... > On 06/11/10 1:45 AM, Nasser M. Abbasi wrote: > > > As a student, the code I write in Mathematica, I can convert to player > > format, and run it anywhere on the free player. > > And you miss the point that "anywhere" semantically *includes* > commercial and government users. If you write something that you want to > share for free, and I want to use it, then I have to pay Wolfram to be > able to use what you want to be free. > > Consider the multitude of open source software, with utilities such as > gcc or Octave: when people write those and want to share them for free, > *everyone* can use them at no charge, no matter whether they are > students or commercial or government users. The costs of the open source > software development are borne entirely by the volunteers that write the > software (or coordinate or test it), and there is no cost to people who > receive it because the developers will that it to be free to everyone. > > If you have the time and money and good will, you can develop open > source software around the Mathworks' compiler -- but you cannot develop > open source software around the Mathematica player, because commercial > and government users will be disallowed from using your program for free > because of Wolfram's restrictions, not because of your will. > > > You jumped to commercial companies, I was talking about us, normal > > people, walking down the street, students, private folks. The > > Commercial companies have money to buy anything they want. > > I know that the organization I work for certainly does not have "money > to buy anything they want". I wish I could give some examples of our > present limitations, but I am not authorized to do so.