Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Fri 27th Feb 2009 00:15 UTC
Windows It's been nearly two months since the beta of Windows 7 was officially released to the general public, and some of us have been getting fidgety to know just what bugs have been reported and what will be fixed. Microsoft was biding its time, letting the information collect and nearly stagnate, when we finally got official word on some of the results of the testing process.
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mfarmilo
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2009-02-28

For every hour you spend testing Windows you are basically donating $30 to a convicted corporate felon who's _only_ stated goal is to extract as much money from you as it possibly can.

Help out testing Ubuntu and you improve something that you have the _rights_ to use, improve, redistribute and even sell. Help testing Ubuntu and you are helping out millions of people. For every hour you spend testing Ubuntu you are basically donating $30 to millions of people all over the world.


I don't understand this. You seem to be saying that beta testers for Windows 7 or Ubuntu are somehow paying $30 an hour for the privilege. Said money goes either into Microsoft's coffers or to 'millions of people' somewhere, depending which product you're testing. Not my words - yours.

Now, brace yourself, I've got some good news for you - it's quite free to beta test either of them! I've been testing Windows 7 since mid January and it hasn't cost me a penny. And last time I checked, Ubuntu was just as free to beta test!

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ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

I don't understand this. You seem to be saying that beta testers for Windows 7 or Ubuntu are somehow paying $30 an hour for the privilege. Said money goes either into Microsoft's coffers or to 'millions of people' somewhere, depending which product you're testing. Not my words - yours.


No, he's saying that beta tester is a paid for job that in this case some people are doing for free so a corporation saves some money in the process of developing a commercial product.
It's a matter of maximizing the profit getting people to work for free.

Then he went to compare it with beta testing ubuntu, which is a free (in every sense) product.

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DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

No, he's saying that beta tester is a paid for job that in this case some people are doing for free so a corporation saves some money in the process of developing a commercial product.
It's a matter of maximizing the profit getting people to work for free.

Then he went to compare it with beta testing ubuntu, which is a free (in every sense) product.


Where is a beta tester paid? Can you give some examples please? Most beta testing is done for a company by customers. Companies have paid QA people, but those are not beta testers.

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