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What if Linux cost more than Windows?

 
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Would you pay for Linux if it were more expensive then Windows?
Yes
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 28%  [ 2 ]
No
57%
 57%  [ 4 ]
Maybe - see below for full reasoning
14%
 14%  [ 1 ]
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 7:05 pm    Post subject: What if Linux cost more than Windows? Reply with quote

Just a quick debate. I was wondering, would I pay for Linux, the answer is probably yes. However, if asked would I pay for Linux if it were more expensive then Windows. Hmm, maybe not.

Essentially you can assume the comparison here is:

Linux = Ubuntu 9.10
Windows = Windows 7 Home Premium
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

150 for the Microparp bleuch, considering that is just for the os without all the lovely stuff in the Ubuntu repositories, well that is just daylight robbery.
Ubuntu is free but three years support costs 185.19 details
That surely has to be a bargain and soooo much more than Steve Balmer and his bunch of monkeys would ever dream of Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the comparison isn't fair. Ubuntu can do so much more then just 'a desktop' that Win-7 "super-restricted-edition" is too cheap. You'd need to compare the fully fledged version (at GBP 800+), including TCO over 3-5 yrs, with a Ubuntu LTS version, also TCO.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a theoretical question, so in theory, yes I would pay more to have Linux.

Thankfully this theoretical situation will not arise. Phew.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sadly, also a false dichotomy. I'd buy a Mac, or use BSD. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Actually, Ubuntu is NOT Linux, and then you must consider that even if it was, the price of Windows doesn't include Office or many other applications that you need, AV, etc.
So comparisons are not really possible.

(and yes I know many OS progs are available for windows too, but you see my point).
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OMG PAY FOR LINUX!?!?!?!?!?!

I don't like paying for anything, let along for something that was free!
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi goons...

http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/locutus/how-to-pay-for-linux-35254

;o)

On a more serious note, no Linux is free as downloading
a serious distro takes a large amount of time to do so;
thus taking up sytem BW so other users must losing out.
A magazine offers a DVD of various `free` distros at a cost
for the magazine.
It takes time to download any serious Linux distro, SO, if
time is money then........

At 20 time is immaterial so the cost in time is minimal.
At 30 time is noticeable so the cost in time becomes a little
irritating.
At 40 time is starting to count so the cost in time is
frustrating.
At 50 time is beginning to take it toll so the cost in time
is proportional to your patience.
At 60 time is showing your age so the cost in time is fast
becoming intolerable.
At 70 time is now coming to a close so the cost in time
is more than you can afford.
At 80 time is now very limited and the cost is so prohibitive
that you wish you had enough money to buy a little more.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wyliecoyoteuk wrote:
Actually, Ubuntu is NOT Linux, and then you must consider that even if it was, the price of Windows doesn't include Office or many other applications that you need, AV, etc.
So comparisons are not really possible.

(and yes I know many OS progs are available for windows too, but you see my point).


That's why I said assume Linux = Ubuntu. i know Ubuntu isn't Linux.

Dutch_Master wrote:

I think the comparison isn't fair.


Fair for which side?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Since we're using Ubuntu as an example here, you can get free Ubuntu CDs from Canonical, no downloading and no buying those pesky magazines that publishers insist sticking on the backs of DVDs.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 03, 2009 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

LeeNukes wrote:
Fair for which side?
Win-7 Razz You're putting a very basic and dressed-down version against a Linux distro that offers all one could ask for just a mouse-click away Smile So, if you want a fair comparison, put up the "all-singing and all-dancing" Win-7 version against any mainstream Linux distro. And as I said, the price-tag for that is probably 800+ in any currency, but w/o standard programs like Office, Word, etc. Wink And then you still don't know the TCO, what does M$ support cost these days? Again, to be fair, use the price for the equivelent period Ubuntu LTS offers....

I think Canonical could charge massive /$$$/whatever for support and still be cheaper then M$ Rolling Eyes
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