[sword-devel] John Gill

David Burry sword-devel@crosswire.org
Sun, 02 Jul 2000 23:58:34 -0700

Bob, I really appreciate the software you're writing and the way you're 
being open and explaining the details of how things work directly from the 
horse's mouth.  But you don't need the defensive attitude.  A good work 
will show itself without our rigorous defence.  Most people with their head 
screwed on straight know it costs to do things and people need to eat and 
clothe their families, etc.. A workman is worthy of their hire, ye shall 
know them by their fruits, etc... Lots of Biblical references to support 
this... ;-)  If someone chews you out for doing the Lord's work, God will 
be your defence.  Is it your work or the Lords?  Thank you! and keep up the 
good work, please!  ;-)

I volunteer some of my time for an online organization that offers some 
free some low cost web hosting and other services to qualifying Christian 
organizations, churches, schools, etc...  Occasionally some person will 
complain bitterly about the low cost portions we offer, exclaiming about 
how high and unreasonable $30/yr domain hosting fees are when the basic web 
site is free, etc...  Usually after a little discussion I offer to donate 
$30 out of my own pocket to their local church if their church board has a 
big problem with it... You know what?  I've never had anyone take me up on 
that offer yet.  Most people realize how silly the arguments are and how 
low of a cost it really is at that point I suspect.  ;-)

Free software has its place, and so does commercial software.  Thank you 
for showing your support and interest in both.