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post #11 of 55
If people had to pay for Linux, the whole system would come falling down. The whole reason this is so popular is because anyone can add to the project. We're all in this together.
    
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post #12 of 55
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It's a bonus that Linux is free but if that were to change tomorrow, I'd still be using Slackware and perfectly OK with paying similar prices to windoze. It's worth it.
Yea, as long as you aren't the developer for any of the software the distro is using. Linux distros are essentially pre-configured collections of other people's work. Charging money for it just isn't right. With Slackware that would be the equivalent of selling a mixed CD of music you got off internet. (legally, ofc)



You can also usually find a Linux magazine or two in the magazine rack. They like to include bonus disks with as many Linux distros as they can fit on a DVD.



But the biggest reason that you don't find linux in stores is that it just wouldn't be profitable. The return rate would likely be in the 90% range, and you'd get a bunch of angry customers in the store saying that it won't run their Windows programs, or won't even install.
    
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Most linux help books come with a dvd with some distro or another.
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Yea, as long as you aren't the developer for any of the software the distro is using. Linux distros are essentially pre-configured collections of other people's work. Charging money for it just isn't right. With Slackware that would be the equivalent of selling a mixed CD of music you got off internet. (legally, ofc)



You can also usually find a Linux magazine or two in the magazine rack. They like to include bonus disks with as many Linux distros as they can fit on a DVD.



But the biggest reason that you don't find linux in stores is that it just wouldn't be profitable. The return rate would likely be in the 90% range, and you'd get a bunch of angry customers in the store saying that it won't run their Windows programs, or won't even install.
Pretty much this.

One of the things that attracts me to linux is the idea that people from all over the world and all walks of life are working on it. This could be a solo pet-project or it could be a large group like the kernel dev teams or xorg's teams. Everyone is under the same umbrella though, more or less.
    
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i don't think "pushing" linux on the general user, is the best move for any distro atm.

i think linux's greatest draw to it, is the fact people come to it
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Naw, linux could do from some good advertising. Thing is, that's gonna cost some decent money to do any competition with Windows. You can't release crappy Gieco style commercials and have people run with it, not against Apple/Microsoft.

Honestly though, who asks this question? It's free! I could say why would you sell something that's free but ******* do buy bottled water. I never could understand that, unless it's at a country that has water issues. Seriously, this is up there with selling bottled water though.
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I remember when I used to see Linux distros on shelves at the local Best Buy. Can't say I see them on shelves anymore since I rarely go to Best Buy anymore and this was likely almost 10 years ago.
    
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post #18 of 55
It can be sold in stores, it's just that the price has to be the price of the disc Linux is written to and that is all. Essentially you're paying for the ease of having it burned to a disc for you.

You'd only ever see them in online shops or in the small computer shops run by Linux enthusiasts. Companies like Best Buy run their employees through pro-Microsoft campaigns that push straight out lies about other OSs.
post #19 of 55
microcenter used to do that

but you can oder a retail like disk for the meager distros off there websites
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Open source.

Jeez.

For the people, by the people.

Its not a hard effing concept.

If it costs money, its going to be corrupt, in so many ways. The code, the profit, the logistics, whatever.

You wanna see it commercialized, go for it. Dont come crying when it costs $279 and gets replace with another $279 OS in 3 years. I love Linux, but I use Win cuz its easier on the extended fam so I pay the price, thats my problem, but dont go trying to commercialize the homebrew goodness that Linux represents. Your so ignorant.
    
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