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ZDNet: Mandrake Linux Policy Angers Members

Mar 22, 2002, 21:05 (64 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Broersma)

[ Thanks to Benjamin Urias Diaz for this link. ]

"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 users..."

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