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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:firstname.lastname@example.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.