Posted by: Anonymous
on May 13, 2008 05:58 PM
I believe that the article was saying that installing proprietary, non-free software in GNU/Linux is sometimes difficult. I would agree with this statement because package managers don't allow for payment since free software is usually gratis. A proprietary software maker has to write an executable installer that works for most distros or provide .deb and .rpm files for manual installation. Then the user has to make sure all the dependencies are fulfilled before installing. It can be a real challenge for both the vendor and the user.
If people want to pay for proprietary software and install it, CNR gives them an easy way to do it. Whether people should want to do this, however, is another discussion altogether.