View Poll Results: Will Ubuntu always be free of charge?

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Thread: Will Ubuntu be always free of charge?

  1. #21
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    Re: Will Ubuntu be always free of charge?

    I'm sure Canonical/Shuttleworth's attitude is having the end result similar to Novell SuSE/openSuSE - RedHat/Fedora - Linspire/Freespire.....

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  2. #22
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    Re: Will Ubuntu be always free of charge?

    How do they make money? Easy - the support is $250 a year for basic, thats quite good IMHO. .

  3. #23
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    Re: Will Ubuntu be always free of charge?

    I don't mind the free version and paid version model as long as they keep them the same. I think for the paid version you should get support. Several other distros have a paid/free version model where you either don't get features at all or they are a purposely harder to setup in the free version.
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  4. #24
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    Re: Will Ubuntu be always free of charge?

    Quote Originally Posted by Josh1 View Post
    How do they make money? Easy - the support is $250 a year for basic, thats quite good IMHO. .
    And that is exactly the philosophy of Ubuntu: everyone is capable to download the software free of charge.
    But a company never wants to buy only a license. They need support. Most Linux distro's have separated versions: one for personal use, one for companies. Ubuntu has only one version, and is asking money for the support. In that way, Ubuntu can still distribute a free version (and that is the only version), and they make money with offering support.

  5. #25
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    Re: Will Ubuntu be always free of charge?

    They get money from their shop
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  6. #26
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    Re: Will Ubuntu be always free of charge?

    Debian has been around for a while basically because its all developers that choose to help and their bandwith and servers are donated to them. If push comes to shove and Ubuntu stops being free I will start using Debian since Ubuntu is forked off of Debian anyway.

  7. #27
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    Re: Will Ubuntu be always free of charge?

    Definitely for the next 5 years. Who knows what the computing capabilities of systems will be like after that. I personally doubt if the present heavily divided open source community can meet the needs of those times. We may see a paid for version then..

  8. #28
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    Re: Will Ubuntu be always free of charge?

    Call me naive if you will, but I actually believe this guy Mark S. Even though Ubuntu's popularity has been increasing almost exponentially that has not led to, that they have started to comprimize their principles to try and get as much from this popularity wave as possible. Ubuntu's popularity has been increasing in spite of their view's on propriatary codecs and drivers, and the trouble that come from that for the users. So no! I don't think they are going to back down on their principles.

    BUT all this being said it is also important to realize that nothing comes for free. There are people working full time on Ubuntu and they will need to have food, and perhaps more importantly coffee. So it is important that they can make some money on providing proffessional support for buisnesses. And that is where we the community can do something in stead of paying money to help keep Ubuntu running for ever. We can contribute with our skills, first of all to make Ubuntu better by doing programming, translations and writing documentation, but perhaps even more important we can help Cannonical provide the best damn support ever, by testing and helping to track and solve bugs.

    Soooo surfacing from my coffee induced, half philosophical, half ideological, naked swim of a brainstorm, I suppose I think the question is all wrong..!

    The important question is NOT:
    Will THEY keep the Ubuntu project free of charge and running for ever?
    The important question is:

    Will YOU keep the Ubuntu project free of charge and running for ever?

  9. #29
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    Re: Will Ubuntu be always free of charge?

    If Ubuntu wants money I would give it as long as they still offered a free version that I can try out and later go buy the nonfree.
    The thing is that the nonfree distros are not that good, Mandriva sucks, Suse sucks...
    But I would be proud to buy a copy of Ubuntu as it works.
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  10. #30
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    Re: Will Ubuntu be always free of charge?

    I think that ubuntu has a strong "free" ethic, e.g. the firefox issue.

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