This one is really a dusey. it’s a letter from bill gates to hobbyists in 1976.


  • Who can afford to do professional work for nothing? What hobbyist can put 3-man years into programming, finding all bugs, documenting his product and distribute for free? //Who can’t?
  • The royalty paid to us, the manual, the tape and the overhead make it a break-even operation. One thing you do do is prevent good software from being written. // was anything microsoft ever produced with the intent of breaking even? I applaud the ‘Hobbyists’ who made it that way.
  • I would appreciate letters from any one who wants to pay up, or has a suggestion or comment. //Ha!