Artificial constraints prevent a lot of software from becoming a commodity and being devalued. This forces business to waste money that they could better spend elsewhere. ...
Redhat seeks to devalue the entire server market.
Agreed, RedHat specifically and Linux in general HAVE in fact made it possible, and in fact made it the most common case, that people spend zero dollars on server software. Does that not prove false the idea that "Artificial constraints prevent a lot of software from becoming a commodity"? In fact, is it not true that
the only software you ca't get at no charge is special, non-commodity software, those cases where there are not enough interested users to support a free project?
The only type of software I can think of that I can't get free falls into one of two categories. Either a), it's highly specialized, not a common commodity, or b) while
I can get lots of free games, I might prefer one specific game, because I think that company does a better job than all others.
Payware software more than anything else is a drain on the economy.
You may be tricking yourself into believing something you want to believe.
If paid software is creating software (games?) so good that you insist on having their brand rather than use a free one, than they must be producing something you value, just like any other profession.
Similarly, if they produce something that's very valuable to only a narrow market, so there is not enough interest to support a free one, certainly having something available is better than having nothing available, so it's better to have the proprietary software.
In short, if the company wasn't making something you really want, you wouldn't buy it, and won't care. Again, if you didn't think the software had value, you would pay it no mind, just like you don't take time posting about brownie pans, which are actually worthless.
So why WOULD someone get worked up, and be posting saying that something for sale is just "a drain on the economy .. to waste money"?
Either a) you buy it, because you think it's great, but you wish you could get it for free, perhaps by letting the people who make it simply starve to death,
or b) you like it, you recognize it's worth having (and therefore worth making), but you're a cheapskate leach who steals it and you need an excuse for doing so.