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Linux: "Free" Software vs "You Get What You Pay For"

Jun 21, 2010, 18:33 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Gene Alexander)

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"This article has been bounding and jumping around in the nether regions of my mind for quite a while now. It decided today that it needs to be set free.

"Everyone of us has heard or read some form of the old phrase, "You get what you pay for!". The gist of this phrase is basically if something is "free" or low cost it is probably worth nothing or very little. However, is this true when applied to Free Open Source Software (FOSS) and Linux? Looking at my usage of both I would have to say a resounding, "No!".

"As an advocate for using FOSS in general and Linux in particular I have pondered this apparent conundrum for a long time. With FOSS and Linux I get "free" software and it is worth quite a lot to me in terms of usability and function. Frankly, both would be worth quite a lot to anyone who used them. The fact that the software is free of a monetary cost in most cases does not make it worthless."

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