a minor quibble
Posted Dec 10, 2008 18:23 UTC (Wed) by JoeBuck
Parent article: Interview: Vernor Vinge
The term "shareware" was first used in 1983, the same year RMS wrote "Why I must write GNU" (although according to this history the first known programmer to use the "pay me if you like it" concept did so in 1981).
Prof. Vinge is technically correct that the GNU project formally started a couple of years later (RMS was flying solo in 1983, doing GNU Emacs by himself), but the two ideas originated at about the same time.
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