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Subject: Re: Ruffian 0.76 is still playing incredible strong!

Author: Daniel Clausen

Date: 06:50:21 09/19/02

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On September 19, 2002 at 08:58:52, Uri Blass wrote:


>I prefer to see it as commercial program.

Every person is entitled to his/her opinion. :)

>If it becomes freeware then it is possible that part of the programmers are
>going to stop working on their program.

That's how the market works, unfortunately. I see your reasoning but personally
I don't agree with it. Next thing we could do is forbid Linux, because it
nibbles on Microsofts market share. ;) Additionally it's also the potential
buyers fault, because they mainly buy new chess software based on the ELO
rating. I consider this sad too, but that's the way it is.

Don't get me wrong. I'm glad there are people who do chess programming as their
work. They surely would do something else, if all they wanted is get rich.

>I think that doing programs that are too strong freeware is not productive for
>computer chess.

Chess programmers who don't have a commercial engine typically share their ideas
more than professionals. (which is natural) I consider that very productive. So
which scenario is more "productive for computer chess" in general is at least
open to debate.

>If the author can earn significant money from ruffian then it is better if he
>sells it.

That's your opinion. Maybe the author of Ruffian has another opinion. Different
people can have different ideals.


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