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Subject: Re: Ondio Player

Re: Ondio Player

From: Chris Hurley <chrish-rockbox_at_ax84.com>
Date: 2005-05-13

Rocker wrote:
> Hi Jourg,
>
> I've seen one EBay seller who advertises used & sometimes new Iriver's
> where he states that "this player is rockbox ready".
>
> He seems to always get top dollar for his players. Charges $40 US for
> shipping as well. I guess that's the pit falls of open source eh?

On the other hand, nothing is stopping the devs from doing this either.
  I wonder if someone mentioning "I am one of the developers of the
excellent Rockbox firmware" in their auction would raise the price?

With open source, you should never release anything that you'd be upset
if someone else sells. Regardless of what the license says, if you make
the source available, someone, somewhere, will make a buck off of it-
whether they tell you to your face or not.

I learned this lesson with an arcade emulator for the Palm that I wrote.
  A software publisher contacted me about making changes to it. They
pretty much told me that they could just hire someone else to make the
changes to it, but they wanted to "give me a shot". They of course
didn't want to pay anything to have it done, so nothing got done. Oh
well. Open source is great, but if you're worried about someone making
money with it, you'd better just plan to be ahead of them.

my opinions, of course.

-Chris

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