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Just because no hands are in it, doesn't mean it isn't in use. 
Of course, freeware is free.  So is a lot of code that still 
has hands in it.

What you are saying is that as long as a programmer is willing 
to dink with it, there is no such thing as 'done', just 'versioned'. 

This side of shrinkwrap, there is not a very good profit on selling 
copies of software; there is good money to be made in the maintenance.


From: John Cowan [mailto:cowan@mercury.ccil.org]

Bullard, Claude L (Len) scripsit:

> So the value of The Bible, the works of Shakespeare, Lao Tzu, 
> and Hofstadter are zero unless we read them?

They aren't *code*.  I said code, and that's what I meant.
The best indication of this is the discontinued-software bin,
where old software is sold at about the media cost.  People aren't
willing to pay anything for software that's been end-of-lifed.


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