Different OS's? Marketshare
atkielski.anthony at wanadoo.fr
Wed Feb 23 20:24:47 GMT 2005
Andrew L. Gould writes:
> You can still find FreeBSD at Fry's Electronics and MicroCenter. I
> don't know if CompUSA still carries it. I have mixed feelings about
> FreeBSD 5.0-5.2.1 being sold in the retail market.
How so? Seems like it would be a good idea to me.
I see that one can still order 5.3 over the Internet. Since I burned my
own CDs I don't necessarily need it (although a more permanent CD would
be nice), but if I did buy it it would be mostly to support the project
(provided that the project got the money).
> I see no similarity between Microsoft and Open Source OS vendors on
> either of these points.
Perhaps the similarities will become more obvious with time.
> Let's face it, without commercialism, Linux development would not have
> benefited from the likes of IBM or HP. Likewise, without
> commercialism, there would be very few, if any, *BSD or Linux
> developers performing open source development for a living. The money
> has to come from somewhere.
True. It's virtually inevitable.
> Fourth, I appreciate all the hard work that goes into developing and
> packaging an operating system and its related applications. I am happy
> to pay for the convenience of an operating system on a DVD. It's only
> fair that the vendor be able to recover cost. If earning a little
> profit motivates them to continue providing a great service, all the
Fine. Except that distributors are barely doing anything more than
repackaging someone else's work. They didn't write Linux.
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