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Old 14 February 2014, 10:11   #2413
Mr B
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Originally Posted by JimDrew View Post
You expect a developer to just give away their work?
If that is the way to make the largest profit of it, then yes.

Originally Posted by JimDrew View Post
That's ridiculous. You clearly have no idea how much time and money is invested in product development.
Actually, i do. Which is exactly why the enthusiast market is a great target audience for a source release. Custom firmware = no support. The developer can focus on other things, and periodically check back, to bugtest, and update the official firmware with content from the enthusiasts development. (If there is any. Releasing the source doesn't automatically mean there would be.) It wouldn't be entirely without cost for the developer, since official firmware needs to be checked over and over before releasing, but it removes a lot of the trial and error in the development process, and would give users something to experiment with before a feature is added to the official firmware, and feature set.
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