Problem with InstallShield (Was Re: [Bug 629] Changed - Problem with InstallShield: ole:CoTreatAsClass(stub), ole:CoGetClassObject)

Alexandre Julliard julliard at
Wed May 8 14:22:55 CDT 2002

Gavriel State <gav at> writes:

> Really, the economic problem in this licensing situation comes down to a
> question of accounting (most economic problems do).  What value do you place
> on a contribution to the project, whether it is your own or someone else's?

The problem is that you are seeing this in economic terms. That's not
how it works. The real value is not in the individual contributions,
it's in the collaboration, where everybody works with everybody else
on building the best possible Windows emulator.

Consider you are organizing a party with your friends: someone who has
a large music collection will bring his CDs, some will cook something,
others will spend time decorating the room, etc.  What value do you
place on each contribution?  How many cakes do I have to bring to be
allowed to listen to the music?  That's not how it works. Everybody
helps according to his time and ability, and then we all enjoy the

What you are doing is you come to the party, you eat and drink from
what others have brought, but when people want some of your stuff you
charge them for it. And when they complain you ask them to start
charging for their stuff too, and transform the party into a shopping
mall. Sorry, but for me that would take all the fun out of it.

If you want to join the party you are expected to participate
according to your abilities. And yes, with your full-time programmers
you can (and should) contribute more than people who just have a few
hours a month to spend on it. That doesn't mean you are somehow
entitled to get more fun out of the party than they do.

So far we have welcomed you to the party, even though you contributed
much less than you could have; but the problem is that you are
actually preventing others from enjoying the party, and this can't go
on. So you can either start participating and sharing like everybody
else, or you can stay home and cook your own dinner. But if you want
to eat some of what I've brought, the only way is to join the party.

[Follow-ups to wine-party^H^H^H^H^Hlicense please]

Alexandre Julliard
julliard at

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