Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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RE[3]: Time vs money
by moondevil on Sun 25th Nov 2012 13:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Time vs money"
moondevil
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2005-07-08

I have been using open source since the late 90's, but I still buy software when I see the need for it.

And I do it, because as a software developer I also need to buy stuff, and not everyone will pay me to work on open source stuff.

Now if people are not willing to pay for software, why do you care to pay for hardware? This is the question it keeps popping on my mind.

Ideally you don't want to depend on anyone for the full stack, while getting everything for free (gratis).

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RE[4]: Time vs money
by WorknMan on Sun 25th Nov 2012 23:17 in reply to "RE[3]: Time vs money"
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2005-11-13

Now if people are not willing to pay for software, why do you care to pay for hardware? This is the question it keeps popping on my mind.


Because unlike hardware, software doesn't cost anything to make copies of. I'm not saying that is a legitimate excuse, but that seems to be the rationale.

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RE[4]: Time vs money
by Lennie on Thu 29th Nov 2012 11:13 in reply to "RE[3]: Time vs money"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I think you should re-read the article, I think they point it: price is a bonus, if a Linux was only available from RedHat at $250 which you can install unlimited on as many machines as you want.

Then I think people would still feel the same.

(obviously, Linux being vendor neutral and free to try and experiment helps to make it spread. I'm sure that is why newer versions of Windows have a 'grace period')

Edited 2012-11-29 11:13 UTC

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