Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th May 2009 19:06 UTC
Linux We all know them. We all hate them. They are generally overdone, completely biased, or so vague they border on the edge of pointlessness (or toppled over said edge). Yes, I'm talking about those "Is Linux ready for the desktop" articles. Still, this one is different.
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RE[3]: Comment by pcunite
by darknexus on Mon 18th May 2009 21:37 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by pcunite"
darknexus
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2008-07-15

"There is nothing wrong with selling software on Linux. Is this really a hostile point with users? If your software does something that I couldn't get from a free app, why wouldn't I buy it? (assuming I needed it).


The feelings I get from others in the Linux community is that because so much of the base (the kernel, libraries, some GUI kits) are free that any attempt by me to charge for an application (which has fewer man hours than the above list) is somehow morally wrong.
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I do wonder, though, exactly how much of the community is hostile to paying for software? Yes, there are a lot of vocal zealots who don't think they should ever have to pay for anything, but I wonder how many others are perfectly happy to do so and simply keep silent. You can count me in among that latter group, by the way, I have absolutely no problem paying for an app if it has the functionality I need at a reasonable cost and is better for my purposes than any alternatives.
It seems there are a lot of vocal zealots that give the Linux community as a whole a bad reputation, not unlike some of the more fanatical Mac or Windows fanboys/fangirls. As with all things, the people who are making a fuss are the ones that will be noticed, but their numbers are usually far less than you would think. They're very loud, and the rest of us don't make them see sense for the simple reason that they don't want to.

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RE[4]: Comment by pcunite
by Lennie on Mon 18th May 2009 21:49 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by pcunite"
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2007-09-22

I think a lot of Windows users don't pay for their software either. So the whole point is actually pretty moot. Especially with companies, that actually let software companies create custom software for them. That's still 80% of the software market.

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