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[Slashdot] Best buy is selling Ubuntu

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Hopefully this isn't a repost

http://linux.slashdot.org/article.pl...8/07/09/026208

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"It appears that Best Buy is now selling Ubuntu, both through its Web site and in its brick-and-mortar locations. Going by the release on the product page, Ubuntu has actually been available for the low, low price of $19.99 since May 6th of this year. It is being packaged as the "Complete Edition." While they don't specify on the site what version is being offered, a quick call to a local store revealed it to be Hardy Heron, the latest Long Term Support version. How did this development fly under the radar for over two months without anybody noticing?"
...What??? For the low low price of $20 you too can buy a completly free piece of software! Boy do I love Best Buy.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1211587312374
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post #2 of 99
How much does it cost to buy it directly from Ubuntu a CD?
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And you can still order and download it for free from the ubuntu website!
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Isn't that against the open source license?
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Isn't that against the open source license?
Thats what I thought? How can they sell open source software that was built by a community of volunteers? Perhaps its some sort of Red Hat alternate, where you are buying the support. But they don't mention that in the description, that you are paying for support and not the OS. Screwy...
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Isn't that against the open source license?
Technically no.... Best Buy can tweak any TINY thing in the software and sell it as their own distribution. But then again, I'm not sure, since they ARE selling it under the Ubuntu name

But this just makes me angry. Best Buy is already such a greedy store.... i mean, everything in there is way overpriced (Novint Falcon Force joystick is like 199.99 when it's 155.99 at Amazon, just to name a recent example that I was looking for), but now they're trying to market FREE SOFTWARE?

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Well previously stores have sold linux packages for money. But these versions came with printed manuals, tech support etc. which you do not get for free from the downloaded version. If the software package comes with a printed manual that alone is worth the $19.99. I usually spend about $50 on linux manuals. Open source means generally you do not charge for the software but you can charge for the materials used to distribute it (e.g. cd's manuals etc.) and tech support.
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I feel a lawsuit coming on......
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post #9 of 99
They're selling LTS, not the OS. The price is for LTS, and the retail packaging required to sell it as opposed to offering it for download.

http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/purchase
http://www.ubuntu.com/support/paid
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Well previously stores have sold linux packages for money. But these versions came with printed manuals, tech support etc. which you do not get for free from the downloaded version. If the software package comes with a printed manual that alone is worth the $19.99. I usually spend about $50 on linux manuals. Open source means generally you do not charge for the software but you can charge for the materials used to distribute it (e.g. cd's manuals etc.) and tech support.
....Geek Squad supported Linux?
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