Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on June 18, 2002 09:58 PM
I was a big fan of the potential of Lindows until yesterdays email from them that they send out time to time. What struck me oddly, and what relates to this post is that the "warehouse" of software that you get access to is mostly free stuff anyway. Yes, they really do have Vim listed as one of the exiting bits of software you can get. But that the wording for this service has changed. It is now stated that it is $99 per year for access to this stuff. This tossed me backon my heels. $99 to never have a source, never "own" a program and lock yourself into updates only available over the web. Correct me if I am wrong but isn't this exactly what MS is trying to do? If I am not mistaken it is part of Gates dream to set up a distributed model of software ownership, and it looks like Lindows is going down that path. So not only could you mess with the OS model, but try out your own new model as well, seems like a great deal for MS.