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Will software be free in the future?

Hi! Apps are becoming really popular(especially on smartphones) and most apps are free. Linux software are almost all free(as in no cost) and open source(though linux have always been that way). If software becomes free in the future(as in no cost, i am not talking about open source, even if that is also possible), then where will the money come from? Yeah it's good for the "users", but what about the "developers"? Will they need to find new jobs? I know that it's kind of a dumb question, but I am just wondering because i would like to be a programmer when I'm older(I am 14). Though, I rather want to develop video games, but I am just curious. I actually know a bit about programming already(mostly python and a little c++). When I think about it, many apps are games. I remember Satoru Iwata from nintendo talked about it during GDC this year. So may games also be free(as in no cost)?

Asked By: - 3/28/2011
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No because the people who develop programmes such as OS and games etc will not be paid for all there hard work hence they wont do it for free when it takes a long time to create a programme etc etc and everyone has bils to pay etc so the answer is no you will still have to pay for certain programmes like windows7 or in... More
Answered By: Tom - 3/28/2011
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No it wont be, unless Microsoft Windows become opensource...
Answered By: Tri Nguyen - 3/28/2011
 
I don't think it will be because that's an OLDER model of computing -- Stallman was being a REACTIONARY when he founded the Free Software Foundation. The Proprietary model has also failed, I don't know what is coming but nothing we have really is in anybody's interest at all.
Answered By: jplatt39 - 3/28/2011
 
The software may be free but the support isn't. For example, Red Hat is free, but they charge up to $2,500 per year for support. As this is used by enterprise type companies then everyone is paying for it - most companies do not eat the cost they simply pass it on. Meanwhile Red Hat pumped millions of dollars into... More
Answered By: brisray - 3/28/2011
 
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