This site is brought to you by the following free / OSS products:
- the Gimp
All are free for me to download, install and use for as long as I wish. They all, crucially for the subject of my rant, also have no stipulations on my having to credit them. None. In fact, look at Apache and mySQL – no requirement to say you use them but hosts do as it is a mark of quality. I diverge ..
There are people who will happily argue the toss over the GPL / GNU and other ‘free’ agreements – yet these same people will offer what they have as something else entirely: Linkware.
Linkware is not freeware. If it’s genuinely free, then there should be no obligations upon the user – yet asking for a link is placing such an obligation there isn’t it ? It’s imposing a condition.
The other oddity I noted was that it’s the visuals people who do this mainly, not the coders. Why ? I have no idea about the motivations involved, but looking at plugins, I can’t recall a ‘linkware’ type requirement. Looking at tutorial sites – mine included – I can’t see such a thing either. Is this linkware necessity the domain of the designers ? Odd that it would be, given that unless a site works there is nothing to see.
Have I anything against linkware ? No, not at all – just so long as it is labelled as such. In this pedantic age of things needing to be seen for what they are, I don’t see why any contributions should not be studied and then classified according to their terms. An author cannot possibly have a problem with that can they ?