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Also, many of you act like Best Buy is the manufacturer of the product. Bust Buy does not package, develop, or box the product. They just sell the darn thing because their are people out there who took surveys and said "Hey, I'd really like to be able to have an option as apposed to windows in your stores."

so how can they justify being able to even sell it legally...if they arent putting at least $19.99 + taxes into shelving it, then it goes against the open source license..


and by the way, they are just selling the disc, which you can order for free off the Ubuntu website, no shipping, no cost for the discs, AND they come with free stickers.
    
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You forgot +free stickers.
Right.
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I will just say this now, you guys are dumb.

The reason this costs money is because you get 2 years technical support. There is a number that you can call to have a professional walk you through any problems you may have.

I asked the same question when I saw it being sold, but then I found out why it cost money.

Dont bash BB until you have a valid reason.

edit: Yes, Im aware there is plenty *free* support on the web, but there is not always someone to hold you by the hand through your problems.
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wow you guys are making a way bigger deal then this. Also bestbuy has been selling it for about 3 weeks now. Well my store has atlest. Second off, if a person truly was interested in Linux, they wouldn't buy it, they would download unless it's a special case. Lets not forget that linux has a consumer market share of what now? So bestbuy is only going to get pocket change from it since no one is really gonna ask for it.

Also it cost bestbuy roughly 12 dollars to sell linux. There is an 8 dollar mark up on the price. The easiest way to find out if bestbuy is truly ripping you off is to find out the employee price.

Employee price is the cost of the item for bestbuy+5%. So if there was a dvd player bestbuy sold for 200, and the it cost bestbuy 100 to buy the player, it would be 105 for employee.

So find out employee cost and subtract 5% of that price and you'll know the actual cost of the product
so it cost best buy 99.75 to buy that DVD player
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Wait, I don't understand. Are you saying that it is stupid to charge for something you are in fact stating that a customer may have difficulty (or inability) to install themselves?

Weird, it's like Best Buy is giving people the option to still utilize a product even though they may not have the knowledge to deploy it correctly. And they want to turn a profit for that? Horrible people

I don't mean to be rude but that was a very contradicting series of sentences. Anyway...

Do some of you truly believe that Best Buy, one of the largest GLOBAL electronics retailers, is going to throw anything on their shelves without having a clue of GNU licensing or other potential legal problems? No. Best Buy is calculated as to every product that goes in their stores. You better believe their are customer requests, trial markets, test stores, research groups, product testing, revenue forecasting, demand expectations, and more before any product gets put on those shelves.

Also, many of you act like Best Buy is the manufacturer of the product. Bust Buy does not package, develop, or box the product. They just sell the darn thing because their are people out there who took surveys and said "Hey, I'd really like to be able to have an option as apposed to windows in your stores."

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I will just say this now, you guys are dumb.

The reason this costs money is because you get 2 years technical support. There is a number that you can call to have a professional walk you through any problems you may have.

I asked the same question when I saw it being sold, but then I found out why it cost money.

Dont bash BB until you have a valid reason.

edit: Yes, Im aware there is plenty *free* support on the web, but there is not always someone to hold you by the hand through your problems.
Wow people who aren't idiots and actually understand how things work without random flaming.

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so it cost best buy 99.75 to buy that DVD player
Wow, someone obviously failed 3rd grade math.
    
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post #56 of 99
i wonder how many copies they will actually sell.

I bought my ubuntu DVD from an English internet site, for 3.99 delivered. Only because i couldn't wait 4 weeks for my ''free'' version.

Now i just download and burn my distros, before i kept trying to unpackage the .ios. LOL noob i was, learned i did.

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Anyone buying linux sure as hell better know how to install an OS, otherwise there's gonna be terror on the command prompt.
haha true.
post #57 of 99
Suse sells their version of Linux in a box in stores for $45. What they're paying for is the support and manuals and non-OSS software. I don't think free versions of Linux are allowed to include closed-source software (at least that's how it was 3 years ago).

All you all saying, "OMG WTHz," I bet you've all read the GPL.
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Wow people who aren't idiots and actually understand how things work without random flaming.
Was that a compliment or ...??? You just confused me and my head exploded.

edit: Eh, I'll take that as a compliment...had to read it a few times before it registered....I had a long day at the Geek Squad LOL... (dont flame, I am a member of OCN...I couldnt possibly be one of those retarded GS agents you constantly talk about)
Edited by shiarua - 7/9/08 at 2:08pm
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Was that a compliment or ...??? You just confused me and my head exploded.
That was a compliment
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For this price ... yeah it is against.

According to the GPL license (Linux Kernel is licensed under GPL) the code is open to modify, distribute, copy.
Selling is allowed the the price is the price of the medium.
I don't think 5CD or as many as they are, they are not $20 !

http://www.opensource.org/licenses/gpl-license.php
can you verify that is all they offer is just a CD and nothing else?




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Wow people who aren't idiots and actually understand how things work without random flaming.



Wow, someone obviously failed 3rd grade math.
that would be the calculator in windows. not me.
but I can do the math for you also.

employee price is 105 right? you said take 5% off of the employee price.
so first we have to find out what 5% of 105 is
105 x.05 = 5.25
so now taht we know 5.25 is 5% of 105 lets subtract that from 105
105 - 5.25 = 99.75
if you dont' believe me do it yourself using a calculator. I would say it would be a good idea as your math is a little rusty it seems.
what was that about flaming and understanding how things work again?
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