Via Nodalpoint: Paulo Nuin (Genedrift.org, Blind.Scientist) is running a series of interviews with scientists. I enjoyed Brian Golding’s answer to a question about companies who package and sell freely-available open source bioinformatics software:
If it is important to people to have a package that they need not worry about piecing together then they can pay for it. I am however, surprised to find any people that have paid big bucks for packages that I piece together for free often with a more powerful interface. Difference is, I am willing to spend some time to try to learn.
Selling free software is common practice for the very few biotech startups in Australia and to me, smacks of cashing in on ignorance to make a quick buck, rather than contributing to bioinformatics education. It’s always annoyed me immensely.