I disagree. It has always been my opinion that if you want to use Linux buy a boxed set from the maker of your favorite Linux distribution. It costs a lot of money to produce a quality Linux distribution. A lot of people seem to forget about the contribution that the employees of these companies make towards the continuing development of most of the core software that is included in a distribution. i.e. XFree86, kernel, gcc, KDE, Gnome, etc... If these companies did not exist, the continuing development of Linux would slow to a crawl. Why? Because these same employees would have to find jobs that would probably not allow them to work on Linux development regularly.Originally Posted by Panserbjorne
I could never understand the "I will use Linux, but I'm not going to pay for it" attitude. This is after the same people go out and spend thousands of dollars buying windoze and software for it.
"Linux is free", but not free as in price. I quote from the Free Software Foundation: "think free speech not free beer." Linux is free as in freedom of choice.
We need to support the Linux and Open Source communities that provides us with the opportunity to use the best operating system on the planet. ;D
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Before I moved to high speed access I used a considerable number of "linux unfriendly" ISP's and I never had a problem connecting. The majority of the problem connecting to the internet under Linux is not an issue with ISP's. They probably could not access the internet, because their computers were "infected" with software modems. Software modems are junk, period. They exist for one reason, hardware manufacturors looking for a way to cut their costs and make more money. The consumer does not benefit from the use of software modems. What happens when you come to the point that you need a new driver, only to find out that the manufacturor has discontinued all support for the chipset on your modem. Did you save money? NO! You have to go buy another modem.I know a few other Linux users who switched back to Windows, because they couldn't access the internet through their dial up modems. About the dial up modems...some of you are saying, "You CAN access the internet with dial-up." All the ISPs I've used are very Linux non-friendly
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