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dotancohen at gmail.com
Sun Mar 9 20:46:03 UTC 2008
On 09/03/2008, Derek Broughton <news at pointerstop.ca> wrote:
> Dotan Cohen wrote:
> > While I do agree that it seems sensible that many Linux users do not
> > pay for software, declaring that _most_ Linux users do not pay for
> > software is "slashdot comments" research: an educated guess. It sounds
> > good, but have you checked? Companies like Google, NASA and Disney pay
> > quite a lot for Linux software.
> But, they are not "most users". It's entirely possible that many users in a
> few companies are paying a great deal of money for Linux software, but the
> largest _number_ of users are people like us (the subscribers to this
> list) - and we don't buy software in significant quantities.
I think it's time to head over to "ask /.". :)
> > Is the reason that people use Linux because the software is free, or
> > because they like a secure, stable OS that just so happens is easy to
> I think very much that the reason most individual users get Linux is because
> it's free. They might stay because it's secure, stable or Free, but they
> wouldn't try it in the first place if they hadn't got it for nothing.
That is a good point. The initial exposure must be free.
> I hesitate to suggest that any of us use it because it's stable. Certainly
> not me. If I can't push my OS to the breaking point, it isn't any fun :-)
I actually find Debian to be the most stable OS I've tried since the
Commodore 128. I currently use Ubuntu because it's not that much less
stable than Debian (debian based), but is far easier to maintain with
newer software. There are other reasons, but stability is a big part
> > I'm certain that were Ubuntu the same price as Windows, most
> > of the people who enjoy it today would happily pay for it.
> Sure, those of us "who enjoy it today" - but we wouldn't have tried it if
> we'd had to buy it the first time. After all, I didn't buy Windows the
> first time I tried it either (no, it wasn't _quite_ pirated - I found a
> copy in the garbage at work - license and disk intact - too bad I hadn't
> left it there!)
Point well understood. I agree that I might not have tried Linux
should I have had to pay for it in the beginning.
A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
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