Imitation is the sincerest of Flattr-y

November 11, 2010

Of course, now everyone wants to hate Flattr, and ban its buttons from Planet Debian. You can't coerce effectively over a network connection - unless you wave the DMUP at them.

It's an interesting exercise to square this approach with the promise at the heart of free software - freedom. We let people sell our software for a profit; we're a billion-dollar industry now. (Red Hat alone is worth $1bn.) That's before we start counting the money made by the businesses whose servers rely on us. But a developer advertising for €25 per month in donations? They must be banned!

We need those buttons - how else should I deduct reputation points from those who want us to pay a tithe to a third party? :)

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