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Trying to Use Free Software Without Paying a Dime

May 02, 2007, 04:30 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Free software is great. But one of the biggest appeals of it is that it is free. In other words, you don't pay for it. Unfortunately, with online applications, that isn't always true. Take photo galleries for example. All I wanted to do was to create a photo gallery powered by Gallery2. The problem was, I share my web hosting. So I didn't have access to a MySQL database. Gallery2 requires MySQL. The obvious (sounding) answer was to buy hosting. But students don't make a ton of money. Besides, I wanted to use free software without paying. Thus began the search for a way for me to host a photo gallery without paying a dime..."

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