[ubuntu-uk] Battle of the Operating Systems

Tony Travis ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk
Wed Jan 24 21:16:35 GMT 2007

London School of Puppetry wrote:
> Hi there, I was talking to friends about Linux (Ubuntu) said it was 
> free- then they all look puzzled because they have never paid for it 
> ...it comes free with a new computer.....so then what is my answer?  

Hello, Caroline.

The conventional reply is 'free' as in beer, not 'free' as in speech...

In any case, Windows is not 'free' in either sense of the word, because 
the PC manufacturer paid an OEM licence fee to Microsoft and passed that 
on to the customer: Linux (Ubuntu) is 'free' in both senses of the word.

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