Have you actually BOUGHT Linux?

@Asylum (48266)
Manchester, England
August 1, 2007 3:21pm CST
The majority of Linux distributions are totally free, from the operating system itself to the installable software, which has long been a great advantage over Windows or other competitors. Nevertheless, there are several non free distributions on the market such as Xandros Desktop or Mandriva Spring 2007. I know that you can download a copy of Mandriva Spring free, but there is also a non free version. These distributions often charge due to the non free software that is bundled with them, and since they are still cheaper than Windows it constitutes very good value. How many people here have actually paid for a copy of Linux, or do you prefer to stick to the free versions?
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
1 Aug 07
Well Asylum first of all let me say it is so good to see you back I was wondering yesterday what had happened to you but I am glad to see you back and that you are well I do not know what Linux is so I guess I do not have it on my Computer
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
1 Aug 07
Hello gabs, , I must admit that I have spent very little time here for a while. Linux is an operating system that is an alternative to using Microsoft Windows. It has never reached the popularity that it deserves, but it does have it's owndedicated followers.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
2 Aug 07
Oh I see sorry I had never heard of it Its great to see you again though and I hope that you will come on a bit more
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2 Aug 07
I have used a few Linux distributions but I have never paid for one. I have a beta version of Mepis-Lite installed on my laptop but it is actually quite clunky and slow, so I would not be tempted to get the paid version. If I liked it more then I would be willing to pay for it, after all however much you might pay for a Linux distro it will still be much cheaper than Windows. I also think Linux developers are entitled to earn money from all the skill and hard work they put in. One of these days I really need to make a donation to Puppy Linux, as they are my favourite distro and the one I use on my laptop most often. (My laptop is pretty old, and Puppy is about the only thing that will run fast on it, seeing as how I now refuse to use Windows 98.)
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
2 Aug 07
I have not bought Linux as I am not familiar with it at all and probably would be lost if I did get it. I would prefer the free version of it to see if I like it or not. My next computer will probably be a Apple Macbook or one of their desktop computers. I would like to get away from Windows.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
2 Aug 07
Linux is not a difficult system to use, and I have every confidence that you would soon find your way around the interface. If you are seriously considering a change from Windows thenI would recommend downlaoding one of the free distributions. You can even try a Live CD version, which can be used without installing anything.
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@abroji (3247)
• India
3 Aug 07
I use Windows and do not know to use Linux. I am told it is difficult to use Linux. But I favour free softwares. Thank you asylum.
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@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
3 Aug 07
Linux has a reputation for being an operating system for the technically minded, but the difficulty of using Linux ceased to be a long while ago. Many of the distributions are every bit as user friendly as Windows, so it is now a system that is suitable for everyone.
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@abroji (3247)
• India
5 Aug 07
Thank you asylum for the information.
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@dued8jam (134)
• Philippines
14 Oct 07
I'm planning to but I'm might need to learn more about it before using it since I'm not that familiar in LInux OS. I only use Macintosh and windows OS. Is it true that Linux doesn't have spywares and viruses??
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
14 Oct 07
I would not go so far as to say that viruses do not exist for linux, but they are very scarce in comparison. The reason is simply that if someone wishes to write a virus then targetting Windows would affect a much larger number of machines, so few people would bother targetting Linux machines. If you have not used Linux before then you would be well advised to download one of the many free distributions available before considering purchasing a copy. I would recommend Mandriva as a good distribution, but there are literally hundreds to choose from. Try visiting Distrowatch to learn what is available and where from. http://distrowatch.com/
@dued8jam (134)
• Philippines
14 Oct 07
cool! thanks for the info;)
@tonyllenium (6266)
• Italy
17 Dec 12
yes i know that some os or features are not free even in relation to the linux world anyway i never bought a linux os as xandros also because never convicted me too much so in general i always like to use linux but the free projects also because they enables interesting features and they are free!!So never felt to buy the paid projects based on linux normally the free ones are good enough to cover all needs!!
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
17 Dec 12
This seems to be the general feeling towards Linux, with so many free programmes available there seems very little need to pay for either the operating system or supporting software. The only Linux that I use recently is Ubuntu, and I tend to use that less frequently than previous. It has never occurred to me that buying a package would be worthwhile, but someone must be doing so or they would not still be on sale.
@saundyl (9690)
• Canada
6 May 08
I bought a magazine for 15 dollars that included a nice copy of red hat linux. I actually bought the magazine just for that set of disks. I didnt want to waste time trying to download it on dialup.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
7 May 08
A wise decision because it would be a formidable amount of data to download on dial up. I have quite a few free Linux distributions that I have downloaded on broadband, and that took long enough.
@msnbtech (284)
• India
6 May 08
oh! i got mandriva for free on net and i downloaded i never bought mandriva man. i prefer to stick for free version of linuxes only the actual use of linux came to spred free software to all slogon naaa?
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
30 Sep 15
Mandriva is now non existent, as are many previous Linux distributions.
@dark_joev (3043)
• United States
9 Nov 07
I have never paid for Linux in my life becaues it is free. I would buy a computer that had linux on it and they would probaly be charging for installing it
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
9 Nov 07
The majority of Linux distributions are free, but there are also versions that do cost money. This is usually due to the bundled premium software which is included.
• Canada
14 Oct 07
I paid for 2 Linux distributions long time ago (in 1999 and 2001). The first one was Red Hat, the second was an Open Linux distributions. At that time, high speed internet which made downloading a distribution out of reach. Now, I am using the free Mandriva 2008 distribution. I am happy with all the free distributions from Mandriva, so I don't think that I will buy any of them. On the other hand, I support open source projects once in a while by buying some of their stuff (like T-shirts) or making donations.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
14 Oct 07
It surprises me just how few people have ever bought a distribution. I agree that most of the free versions are adequate for most people's needs, but someone must be buying copies or they would cease to market them.
• United States
13 Sep 07
I have actually purchased SUSE 10 solo and SUSE 10.1 with a book. I was experimenting those two and with my previous computer with wireless. Now I use Ubuntu Feisty Fawn, it works perfectly with my wireless card. I know how to configure the internal wireless card.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
22 Oct 12
Ubuntu is a very good choice and certainly one of the more user friendly for those who have no command line knowledge.
• United States
24 Aug 07
All of the free distros are better than the paid distros, especially in xandros's case. All the paid versions of Mandriva contain are quicker updates on software (which if you use the free distros you will get just as fast if not faster). The only distro you should pay for (paying means buying a physically copy of the distro, not donating money to the programmers) is redhat as that is probably the best distro available for servers and with that money spent you are getting guarunteed professional support for your server along with immediate updates to any bugs/vulnerabilities found.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
4 May 08
The non free distributions usually cost money because of the bundled commercial software, which would not be available for a free distribution.
@zlysoso (28)
• China
23 Aug 07
Of course,I prefer the free versions. First, if I want to spend money on an OS, I prefer Windows, because it's easy to use. Secondly, I guess there are a lot of free softwares that we can use to do things that the nonfree softwares can do.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
23 Aug 07
Linux can be just as user friendly as Windows in many ways. Nevertheless, I have to agree that there is free software for every task.
@try32ends (207)
• India
14 Aug 07
Well, the very fact that Linux offers free distros made people sit up and take notice, and try out. Given the considerable free options, i have never even thought of buying a non-free version. I use Fedora 5, which is free. I had used Red Hat on a couple of occasions, but that was in college.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
14 Aug 07
I can understand your reasons for sticking to the free distributions, but some of the non free offer very good value. Xandros Desktop 4 has Crossover Office bundled with it, which will allow you to install selected Windows applications. I know that most Linux users prefer not to use Windows software, but the option of using Microsoft Office certainly appeals to me.
• Philippines
11 Aug 07
I bought a Fedora Core 6 DVD installer recently, and I have it running on my machine right now.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
13 Aug 07
A very good choice, and it is great to hear that you are still using it.
@jayalaksmi (1041)
• India
9 Aug 07
Linux has really many merits over windows because it has flexibility that means the code can be changed according to the needs of the person i.e to say it has open source code. Do you now that every desktop comes with linux installation from first and then according to the needs of customer the os is being loaded. Actually linux is totally free but as the days progresed it is being improved and initially charged. But there are many free versions of linux available. They can be downloaded freely from internet. The famous pc magazine digit has recently published in its magazine a topic about linux. But according to me linux best among OS that are free.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
10 Aug 07
I certainly agree about the merits of Linux. I have used a few distributions and find myself logging out of Windows and booting into Linux for certain tasks. You are quite right that Linux itself is free, but premium distributions bundled with chargeable software are becoming more popular and a few are being sold for as much as $200.
• Philippines
9 Aug 07
I actually bought a Fedora DVD from a dealer that sold other pirated DVD's, but it's actually just paying for the media because Fedora itself is free, it just beats downloading the entire distro...
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
9 Aug 07
Quite a few people sell the free distributions and also free downloadable Windows programs. As you say it saves someone bothering to download the whole system, which can be a long chore if you are not using broadband.
• United States
6 Aug 07
I obtained a free version of Linux. I wanted to try it out, fell in love with it, and stuck with it. It's Ubuntu then Ubuntu Studio. * I do maintain a Windows XP Linux dual drive because some of my hardware is not Linux friendly. I also have some old trusty Windows programs I don't want to ditch from days gone by.
@Asylum (48266)
• Manchester, England
6 Aug 07
I also use Windows XP because of the amount of software that I possess for it. Ubuntu is a decent choice, and it is also very user friendly. The one major difficulty that I found was setting up a wireless network with Ubuntu, but I finally managed to get there.
@redmike (153)
• Philippines
7 Aug 07
much i like is the free coz its free...