Sick of the “Microsoft Tax”? Disgusted by Apple? Don’t worry, RMS comes to rescue!
Stallman is not completely opposed to making money from Software, there is a loophole. So, what would software development be like in the ideal FOSS future?
The Microsoft Tax is dead, long live the Software Tax! Quote from the GNU manifesto:
All sorts of development can be funded with a Software Tax:
Suppose everyone who buys a computer has to pay x percent of the price as a software tax. The government gives this to an agency like the NSF to spend on software development.
But if the computer buyer makes a donation to software development himself, he can take a credit against the tax. He can donate to the project of his own choosing—often, chosen because he hopes to use the results when it is done. He can take a credit for any amount of donation up to the total tax he had to pay.
The total tax rate could be decided by a vote of the payers of the tax, weighted according to the amount they will be taxed on.
The computer-using community supports software development.
This community decides what level of support is needed.
Users who care which projects their share is spent on can choose this for themselves.
Great, huh? He mentions the NSF (National Science Foundation), well, this is how the NSF is formed:
Looks complicated. I made a graphic how this Software Tax future would look like:
Yeah, way better than a today’s software industry, right?