Cygwin participation threshold

Carl Zmola
Wed Feb 24 10:37:00 GMT 1999

Christopher Faylor <> wrote:

> On Mon, Feb 22, 1999 at 11:30:59AM +0000, Carl Zmola wrote:
> >
> >In the past the main reason I didn't even investigate contributing is :
> >Because of the feeling that contributions are unwanted, and that someone
> >else is making money of of my work.
> >
> >After a little investigation, I found that these wern't valid concerns, but
> >they are a first line of resistance.  
> It is interesting that you felt this way at first.  I wonder if the reason
> has anything to do with the name "Cygwin" which sounds so similar to "Cygnus".

Quite possibly. Also in the past, if you went to the cygnus web site, you couldn't
get to the 'free' cygwin tools.  That left a bad taste in my mouth.

> The reason I am saying this is because hundreds of people have contributed to
> the linux project and *many* companies make money from linux.

That is quite true.  The name could be part of the problem, but I do know
who cygnus is because of the name.



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