epic_admin wrote: if you think software should be paid for why is phpBB FREE?
Point not made ... phpBB is "free as in speech, not as in beer". The GPL allows people to charge for software, though frankly there isn't much point.
All your points are totally and utterly invalid "Plastic costs, typing doesn't" ... tosh. I "survive" by being paid for the work I do. I do phpBB in my spare time ... without paid employment how do you think people survive? huh? Do you think we march into Tesco and say "Hi, I'm the lead developer of phpBB therefore I don't expect to pay for my shopping" ... somehow I don't think Tesco will go for that, do you?
As for cost ... well in that respect we may agree on certain aspects. I've noted before I simply do not comprehend how Adobe (for example) can justify the cost of Photoshop. There are cases, amply demonstrated by some of the other board software out there, that pricing structures aren't based on "costs" they are based on "what we can get away with". That sort of structure is IMHO disgusting, particularly where companies have positioned themselves or their products to be market leading ... which in turn can effect the ability for average Joe user to break into a career. As for the cost of Windows, actually I believe the cost isn't terribly great.
If you wish to use free software across your system, great, more power to you. If you wish to spread the word about free alternatives to existing commercial applications, again more power to you. But don't suggest software companies who charge for their applications are somehow immoral ... they are doing business just like any other.