Re: Working Within the System

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Sun Apr 30 2000 - 06:28:17 MDT

Martin Ling wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 30, 2000 at 07:26:04AM -0400, Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
> > the evidence showing that the only other potentially comparable OS that
> > is cheaper is actually a 'free' OS that typically costs you $50 on a CD
> > (windows typically costs about $89.00 on CD-ROM).
> As a quick point (I am writing other replies to this thread).
> Although said free OS can be aquired for $50 on CD, it can also be
> aquired on CD for $2, or often given away free. I don't think it's fair
> to say it's 'typically' bought for $50.

I bought SuSe on a CD that was part of a linux book, that retailed for
$49.00. I bought it on remainder at a used book store for $15. A used
dual processor server I just bought from a guy for $50 happened to have
a Red Hat cd stuck in the drive (and he just moved out to Arizona, oh
well ;) ), so you could say i got that for free. But I doubt that most
people are as cheap as I am. Both are 'previous release' issues, and
I've likewise seen Windows 3.1 and Win95 disks available for nothing or
next to nothing in similar venues...Buying the latest release of an OS
is not likely to be gotten for free or next to nothing. The Corel Linux
implementation, for example, I know is not being given away for free, as
it is in big demand. According to the Corel Linux site:

The standard release price is $59.00, and the deluxe edition is $89.00,
no different from windows. I expect due to its easy of installation,
that CLOS will remain the dominant linux release (as it already is only
a few months after first release). CLOS is essentially a modified
version of Debian.

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