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Paying The "Linux Tax"

May 29, 2008, 00:00 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Serdar Yegulalp)

"Most of us know about the 'Windows Tax'--the extra cash you shell out to pay for the cost of a Windows license when you buy a new PC. But what about a (so-called) 'Linux Tax,' the cost incurred by an ordinary user switching to Linux from Windows?

"The concept: An average user's switch from, say, Windows to Linux will involve some kind of cost, whether that cost is in the form of time, effort, money (i.e., paying an expert, buying a commercial-grade Linux distro), or what have you. This might also include the effort involved to find a reputable manufacturer who'll sell you a machine with Linux preloaded, although that's become far easier as of late. Dell and IBM come to mind, of course, although there has been a slew of smaller manufacturers who have done this for a long time--just not as visibly..."

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