How can phpBB be free?

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How can phpBB be free?

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I'm wondering something.

We are taught that there is no free lunch. So how can an efficient professional state of the art software like phpBB be free? What incentive or reward does it's programmers get from it? Who profits here? I don't get it. Can anyone explain how phpBB can be free?

And why are there support staff here in the forums almost 24/7? If they are unpaid, then what is their motivation or incentive? What's in it for them?
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Nobody "profits" from phpBB, all of us (from the developers to the moderators to the support team members) do it for the love of the software and the community. We get what amounts to nothing back for our work. In essence, we do it for no reason other than we enjoy it.
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You might want to read about it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GNU_GPL

We work on phpBB because we want to. It is not our job and we do not get paid.
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The best things in life are free :mrgreen: .
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well really i dont know why im still posting help in phpbb. dispiteing the rules of helping others are so strict. :cry: maybe becouse i feel that i have many debt to it, that i have to somehow give help to it, becouse this great software i have my own community site. that will be on at this end of november ! yey!.

" there is allways a nice feeling when we help others . " ;)
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The best things in life are free :mrgreen: .
Well said.
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WWu777 wrote:We are taught that there is no free lunch.
This, of course, is still true. If we get phpBB for free, that just means others have made themselves responsible for the costs, whether in time or in money. There is indeed no free lunch.
We should talk less, and say more.
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Costs are covered through sponsors who use phpBB as a base for their advertisement, as well as selling the cute Bertie bear.
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Actually, the Bertie is currently being sold right around the break-even cost, meaning we make no profit from it.
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ilikepeach wrote:The best things in life are free GPL licensed. :mrgreen: .
That's more how I see it.
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http://vimeo.com/1541049

have a look at the video of our top phpBB 'engineers' speaking 3 months ago in London

during this video they are asked what they would do if approached by "Vbulletun" to come over to the darkside

the replies show exactly how they feel!! :D
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iWisdom wrote:Actually, the Bertie is currently being sold right around the break-even cost, meaning we make no profit from it.
W: How can that be? The price for that bear is the most expensive I've ever seen for a teddy bear!
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DarkGod wrote:Costs are covered through sponsors who use phpBB as a base for their advertisement, as well as selling the cute Bertie bear.
W: But that's only on this site. The programmers and support people don't get paid I heard. I never thought of programming as "pure fun". I always thought of it as work.
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I do code for fun, I have my own life and job. I just don't care about other selves business because it is not polite IMHO... :ugeek:

Sometimes I get paid for custom works though, but's upon my choice. 8-)
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WWu777 wrote:W: But that's only on this site. The programmers and support people don't get paid I heard. I never thought of programming as "pure fun". I always thought of it as work.
For some, it is something that was "fun" that became a "job", isn’t your dream job something that you enjoy doing for fun? ;)

There are many reasons that I give of my free time to work on phpBB, each team member has their own reasons, even if it is just because “they enjoy it”, and we all do.
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