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Why isn't Linspire fee?


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I know that they have to make money, but there are companies like mandriva who offer free versions of the operating system, Fedora and Suse do the same. Why is it that you have to buy Linspire doesn't this violate the linux agreements?
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Can any admin delete this post? I accidentally posted it 4 times because my internet was slow at my school and I was not sure if the topic was posted.
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Can any admin delete this post? I accidentally posted it 4 times because my internet was slow at my school and I was not sure if the topic was posted.
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Can any admin delete this post? I accidentally posted it 4 times because my internet was slow at my school and I was not sure if the topic was posted.
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Can any admin delete this post? I accidentally posted it 4 times because my internet was slow at my school and I was not sure if the topic was posted.
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I merged your posts. We are not very keen on deleting anything.

Regards,
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I know that they have to make money, but there are companies like mandriva who offer free versions of the operating system, Fedora and Suse do the same. Why is it that you have to buy Linspire doesn't this violate the linux agreements?

to answer your question, no it's doesn't violate the Linux Agreements, Under GPL agreements, the source code must be avialable to anyone who asks for it. There are no regulations under GPL that says you cannot make money on a program or a set of programs used as an operating system. They just have to make the source code available to someone that asks.

Edited by Dragon, 22 March 2006 - 08:31 AM.

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You have to pay for quite a few distros, suse included most of the more "windows" like iser friendly distros are paid for, there are also specailised versions of free linux distros that some people pay for or to have customised for their systems(mostly a corporate or academic thing).
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also...alot of times when you pay for linux..you're actually NOT paying for linux..you're paying for documentation and support....some companies don't allow you to dl the distro WITHOUT paying for at least the documentation...some allow you to dl it for free but you get no documentation or support...
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Thanks that answers my question
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also...alot of times when you pay for linux..you're actually NOT paying for linux..you're paying for documentation and support....some companies don't allow you to dl the distro WITHOUT paying for at least the documentation...some allow you to dl it for free but you get no documentation or support...

Most of the time you are actually just paying for the support. Most Linux distros come with the documentation buried in the code. but so much of it is so cryptic that you need a support tech to explain what it's saying.
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