Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 30th Aug 2006 17:05 UTC, submitted by jcpinto
Linspire Starting today, Linspire does not only offer a free OS, but also its CNR Basic service. " Linspire, Inc., developer of the commercial desktop Linux operating system of the same name and Freespire, the free community desktop Linux operating system, announced the immediate change in pricing for its popular CNR Service from an annual subscription fee based offering to a completely free service." CEO Carmony said: "We're thrilled to now be in a position to offer this excellent service to desktop Linux users absolutely free. CNR really makes using desktop Linux easy, and we want everyone to have access to this quality service."
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All this is sad and suicidal
by Paiter on Wed 30th Aug 2006 22:07 UTC
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2006-08-24

The signs are obvious.

Laws of nature cannot be circumvented, no matter how hard we wish they could.

One of the laws, which is the second law of thermodynamics, can be particularized as: "there are no free lunches".

We can make lots of forums to discuss free products, when in fact someone is paying for them. Either the developer itself and his/her family (if he/she still has one) or the tax-payers in certain countries. Finally, some companies pay for it so they can still sell their specific technology. It is just a Trojan horse with a consequence: It won't last.

Then there is the lack of expertise of the "open-source" advocates and coders. Most of the code (not Emacs, but that's it) is poor and sad.

That is why it is given for free, even if the GPL accepts otherwise.

I bought Xandros once, but now I can see how weak they are in the "minor" details such as emails insinuating they are doing great. They are trying to compete without a real product.

Suicide projects such WINE, MONO, GTK's etc show very well the poverty of all this.

Hey: I got a team of 10, lets fetch some people from a poor country (which imagine that this is the way out, instead of trying to find a grant to study abroad) and COPY the product of a multi-billion dollar
company with thousands of Ph.D's.

This will end with tears, of course.

Edited 2006-08-30 22:11

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