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Oct 30, 1999, 15:27 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Luke Groeninger)

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"Has anybody noticed the pricing models that companies use when selling Open Source Software and Free Software? After looking around at Best Buy, I became convinced that some of the Linux distributions were being sold by a company's finance department -- not by anyone who cares about the Free Software spirit."

"Convinced that this was merely a problem with Best Buy, who was selling Red Hat Linux 6.1 for $79.95, I went to the source of this issue, Red Hat's online store, and found that they did indeed sell it for $79.95. This, as was confirmed by many people I have talked to, is absolutely incredible, not to mention insane. Granted, they also sell a $29.99 version and a $149.99 version that are the "base" and the "professional" versions, respectively. 150 bucks for a Linux distribution largely based on Free Software? Why would anyone want to spend more for an operating system than they would for Windows, especially one that is supposedly free?"

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