Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on July 29, 2006 10:16 AM
well if thats your number one reason for using Linux you then are more fitting of a windows user. the OSS movement is not about free as in no cost... its about free as in freedom. and if you actually read the article you would see that you do not have to pay for anything if you do not want to. Freespire ships with apt tools and synaptic can be gotten from the repositories at no charge. its only if you want the ease of use that CNR provides and some of its more powerful tools that you need to pony up the $20. IMHO $20 is a very small fee to gain access to the CNR repository. While alot of the software is freely available... you get many more features than just a package grabber. You get the ability to create custom aisles.. this allows you to setup your box 1 time... if you have to re-install (which by the way is less than a 10 minute task on modern hardware) all you do is fire up your CNR account click on your aisle and presto all your software comes back in with ease... you may even share your software selections with others. IMHO Linpire has done much work on the CNR service and they should be able to charge for it without being roasted by other users. I find myself that most people that roast Linspire or Freespire<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.. havent tried it<nobr> <wbr></nobr>:) keep in mind that if all users thought like you and wanted everything for free... OSS developers wouldnt be able to eat. I for one always donate to OSS projects that i use regularly... and if I use one during daily business and make profit using the projects code... i always donate to the project. That is what helps to keep these projects alive and delivering good releases to us all.