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Subject: Re: The Plot

Author: Peter Skinner

Date: 16:41:11 08/29/04

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On August 29, 2004 at 17:04:25, Christopher Conkie wrote:

>I am not/have never been aware of any company. Arena is freeware, some engines
>are not.

This is rubbish. Frank sells engines bundled with Arena. The website is the direct site to purchase the engines that
Frank labels "partner programs".

It is a company whether you want to believe it or not.

>If Arena is bundled with an engine, it would be logical to assume that it is >the engine that you pay for.

If I am purchasing Ktulu 5.x and it comes BUNDLED with Arena, then I _am_
purchasing Arena even though I can freely download it.

When I purchased Ruffian 2.0.0 and had problems it was _explicitly_ put that the
support for it would be for Arena only. That Frank would not provide support for
other interfaces like Winboard/Xboard, yet in the readme included with Ruffian
it states how to set it up within that interface.

So therefore I _am_ paying for Arena along with the engine. If I wasn't the
engine would come on a cd by itself, and no interface. Also when updating
Ruffian 2.0.0, the updates _required_ the first cd be installed, not just the
engines itself.

So if you honestly believe the rubbish you state above, then you belong with
Frank.. idiots like to stand in numbers.


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