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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Mac OS X refund

From: Noah Slater
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Mac OS X refund
Date: Sat, 19 Jan 2008 16:42:37 +0000
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On Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 03:59:40PM +0000, Jon Grant wrote:
> Yeah, I think it simply comes down to cost ultimately. and GNU+Linux
> being available for no-charge is the main reason it is adopted.

[citation needed]

No, seriously. You don't think that GNU/Linux users, mostely computer
enthusiasts, perhaps choose it for performace/power/hackability?

> Firefox is one example which is largely a practical one (better than
> IE, and not full of security flaws), I know loads of users who have
> no idea that it is developed as "Open Source".

I can think of plenty (GNU, Linux, Apache, MySQL, PostgreSQL, PHP,
Perl, Python, Ruby to name just the most obvious ones from my
profession) that are chosen on technical merits, not only cost.

Noah Slater <http://bytesexual.org/>

"Creativity can be a social contribution, but only in so far as
society is free to use the results." - R. Stallman

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