"Days after MandrakeSoft launched a controversial 'club to boost
its bottom line, the Linux distributor has angered many in its user
community by changing the rules of the Mandrake Club program.
MandrakeSoft finalized version 8.2 of Mandrake Linux on Monday,
and became the first Linux distributor to announce that it would
include StarOffice 6.0, an office suite from Sun Microsystems that
recently instituted fees after several years as a free download.
Because of the fees from Sun, MandrakeSoft decided to allow only
some Mandrake Club members to download the office software--those
paying higher fees.
"The decision to allow the downloads to Silver members and
higher left out about two-thirds of the Mandrake Club members,
despite the club's original claim that 'All membership levels enjoy
the same benefits.' The move has angered many Mandrake