Re: Working Within the System

From: Zero Powers (
Date: Mon May 01 2000 - 13:33:14 MDT

>From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
>Martin Ling wrote:
> >
> > On Sun, Apr 30, 2000 at 08:28:17AM -0400, Michael S. Lorrey wrote:
> > >
> > > 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
> > > 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
> > > 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.
> >
> > Yes it is. You can always download the latest version of RedHat, SuSE,
> > Mandrake, Debian, Slackware, and all the others I could come up with, or
> > obtain the CD for $2-3.
>The issue isn't downloads, its hardcopy, and I'd be very interested in
>finding sources of cds for 2-3 dollars. The utility cost of downloading
>100M or more, especially if your local phone usage rates are not capped,
>is less than going out and buying the CD.

So for you, software isn't free unless the supplier puts it onto some
physical storage medium and brings it to you for no charge? If that's the
case then, for you, there will probably never be STAAFL.


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