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Charging for GNU/Linux is Not the Answer

Jun 16, 2008, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Cartwright)

"The main thrust of the piece seems to be that if consumers are content with paying for their software (or baseball tickets) and associate worth with the price then perhaps we should give them the impression that GNU/Linux has a greater worth by charging them. To quote the article: 'After all if they (myself included) are consistently willing to pay the prices… then clearly this is what the market will bear.'

"The problem is that as I've said before the game is changing and cost of the licence is becoming a much lesser part of the issue of obtaining software. Businesses will rightfully consider things like TCO whilst home users have always gone for other things like ease of use, suitability of purpose and whatever their personal computer 'expert' recommends..."

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