Originally Posted by iPwn
Sorry, but that's like a christian saying they've read the bible...
My dad used to read the EULA's it annoyed the crap out of me.
Mostly because he'd ask for help installing something then spend half an hour wanting to read the EULA, whilst I just stood there waiting for him to press the button that said next...
he seemed to be worried that there might be some hidden instructions about how to install it properly hidden in there.
I sure don't read the 43 page EULA each time my iphone updates!!
why do people release free software?
Well I've released some free software for the following two reasons:
1, The market is specialised, I don't mean high end business specialised. I mean you have to want a specific thing specialised
(for example A cd player that was just a play, pause and skip forward button with no interface getting in the way so I could work without loosing any focus.)
2, to make the world a better place/help out like minded people
I've written software that would be commercially viable, but it's a long road, I have a day job and no interest in offering support.
if the result is clean/polished, works, and is useful, then why not just give it away and let someone else use it.
Other people may release software for the same reasons, or to package software that will display adverts and earn them money, package trojan virus to turn your PC into a zombie. package spyware...
of in the case of a lot of those phone games, to sell "in app purchases" like powerups etc to help you complete the game faster.