I sold my first software distribution to the public over 30 years ago.
The CDs I sold were based on open blueprints I downloaded for free from the internet.
I walked around the “First Saturday” hacker’s market held under a highway overpass yelling: “Free Software, $5!”
Sometimes folks would come up and whisper (do you have any Microsoft Windows?), to which I’d reply:
Bill hasen’t give permission distribute or modify his software.
However Linus and Richard encourage me to modify and pass on their blueprints without asking permission.
I was able to make about $300 that weekend.
> Started in 1969 as a get-together for ham radio enthusiasts, the sidewalk sale has had several locations, including under the Woodall Rodgers bridge between Routh Street and Central Expressway and in a parking lot on Ross Avenue. Under a bridge and in a parking lot? That’s sketchy enough right there. Nowadays a good portion of the sale takes place at night because, according to the sidewalk sale’s Web site, that is when the best “deals” often take place. Let’s see, computer shopping at night to get the best “deals”? This just gets better and better. What’s funny though, is that these guys love what they do and, as offended as they may pretend to be, they all probably like being called computer geeks when they are trying to sell the best “deal” of the night under a bridge.