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Is Mandriva actually free, as in I get everything without paying anything?...
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- 12-19-2006 #1
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- Dec 2006
New to linux question.
- 12-20-2006 #2
It is really interesting question. As far as I know Free Sources are not so free as we thought. A lot of programers are working for Free Source projects and receive some salary. To my mind it is not as - as +. This work is really necessary for next developming of Linuxes
- 12-20-2006 #3Originally Posted by Joebh
Under the terms of the GPL you are allowed to charge for open source software if you want to, or you can give it away ... That's part of the 'freedom' aspect of things. However you must pass on the same rights to everyone else when you distribute it, so that they can enjoy the same freedom as you.
Receiving a salary is perfectly okay for developing open source software as people have to live somehow. Many open source hackers have day jobs, but love writing software and giving it away. They might receive donations for projects from grateful people, but they probably don't depend on this to live!
I use the 'free' version of Mandriva, in that I didn't pay directly for it but got it with a magazine. I added some proprietary packages to support my video card, but later unloaded them because they caused a few problems.I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso
- 12-20-2006 #4