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How many commerical Linux distributions have you bought?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2002 9:43 am    Post subject: How many commerical Linux distributions have you bought? Reply with quote

Hey!
I'm just curious to know how are commerical Linux distributions doing money? I have bought two official distributions and then I switched to Gentoo. I just looked around the web and noticed that for example Red Hat 8.0 personal costs ~40$, Mandrake standard 30$ and SUSE 8.1 personal ~40$. So anyone knows whether these companies make or doesn't make enough money to pay for employees? I guess Red Hat makes profit but how are mandrake and suse?
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2002 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My family invested in the biggest MDK 8.2 pack we could get our hands on, plus MDK club membership
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2002 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, I never bought one, but I ask my company to buy a SuSE 6.3 (I was doing some speech synthesis research at the moment), and they agree... Worked fine, was very well documented and the tech support was quite good... In general it was far far better than RH. But turn annoying on a given moment, and since that I try a few others, until now... I have two gentoo systems at work, and everybody is happy.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2002 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought Suse Linux 7.1 professional (try downloading a distro over a 56k modem), it got me started, haven't used it for that long though (got ADSL internet), was immediatly interested in compiling from source,

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2002 1:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've only bought a distro once: RH 6.2 Pro as my third linux OS: first came with the manual I bought once I decided to move to the linux world, second on a magazine... A few more ripped from magazines and friends but by the time of slack8 I was on dsl and didn't have to worry that much... Joined you people at late May and I'm not intending to leave... 8)
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2002 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

never bought one never will...
I once tried a downloaded mandrake (a few years ago) and now it's gentoo all the way
why would we pay when you have something far superior that's free? :p
gentoo and cable rule
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2002 9:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought SuSE 6.1, SuSE 7.1, Mandrake 8.1 and then switched to Gentoo 1.1. 8O
In case Gentoo ever releases a 2.1 box, i'll have to buy it..! :D
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2002 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Never bought a commercial distribution, always downloaded kits from Slackware, Debian, LFS, and finally Gentoo...
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2002 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmm.. i think back in the day bough a rh 5.1 distro and slackware 3.2

i am also a proud owner of OpenBSD 3.1 but that was a gift to me.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2002 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I insist my employer pays for a distribution from time to time (SuSE 7.3, RedHat, OpenBSD), even though I run Gentoo on all the servers, floppyfw, and the current desktop install is the ftp download of SuSE 8.1. They appreciate what they have to pay for; if they can happily waste money only bying Dell with Win2000 preinstalls even though they already have a Microsoft site licence why shouldn't they pay for Linux -- programmers have to eat. It would be nice to get them to pay for an official distribution of Gentoo of course.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2002 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

never bought any distribution
prior to gentoo i used to have LFS systems
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2002 1:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried some - but bought none. Here are the reasons:

First SuSE - got into problems as soon as I wanted to install things myself, build them from source. Shall I really pay for so much trouble? (heavy symlinking needed)

Mandrake 8.2 - wow - it got better. I could actually compile and install things without much problem. I was close to buying Mandrake, but then there were bugs in their admin tools - what I somewhat think to be the core of that system. I still miss some of them, like the tool they use for setting up partitions. Big bugs - no pay - but only because I discovered...

Gentoo... Now, would I be brave enough to install it? After taking a look at the guides (wow! really good!) - YES! This is it. So I never got around to buying a commercial distro - I found gentoo too early ;)
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2002 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've probably bought a couple dozen in the past. None in the past year.
Of course, most of that was via work, so the company I worked for was doing the paying. Personally, I've paid for a few Redhat and SuSe distributions. (With a donation to Debian in there as well.) Right now, I'm too strapped for cash, but hopefully the next contract will pay more and I can kick in some $$$ to Gentoo.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2002 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bought RedHat7.2. Everything else was coverdisks or downloads.

I have bought every copy of OBSD since 2.7 though. Seemed more worthwhile somehow. I'm waiting for my 3.1 stickers as I write :-).
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2002 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Suse 6.4 through 8.0, but I left some out in between. Too bad, I discovered Gentoo just after I had purchased Suse 8.0, but then, I fortunately know enough people who will be happy to get a Suse distribution on cd/dvd for free :)
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2002 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought suse 7.2 professional, because of the manuals and the loads of packages :-)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2002 9:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bought SuSE 7.3 and 8.0 (great idea to put a whole distribution on a dvd :)
but then I discovered Gentoo :-)
Wanted to get a deeper understanding of Linux.

Maybe would be a good Idea to make every month a donation via Paypal to a different opensource projet one does use regularly.
Just think about how much money you save by not having to pay for commercial software.

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2002 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The first distribution I bought was LST back in '94 or '95. I bought some "SuSE aktuell" afterwards, which were basically offical but unsupported SuSE releases (4.something) with less installation stuff but with added ftp server copies. Later I bought some El Cheapo Redhat and much later Mandrake copies from dealers who burnt them on their own white labeled CDs. Yeah, that were the times without broadband, without flatrate... :-)

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2002 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just bought SuSe 6.3 from a friend (secondhand) but more for the documentation with it, than the cd itself.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2002 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

if I may....
there is one point in the poll as a option missing...

"too many..."


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2002 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, I can top most of this.

I'm not at home where my library is, so this will be an approximation:
I bought a whole batch of CDs in 1995, which included early RH, Slackware, Debian I think, and all the documentation. Not a distribution, doesn't count.
Bought the Yggdrasil book, with CD.
Bought "unleashing the workstation in your PC" book, with CD
Bought the first Mandrake, because I wanted to try KDE
Bought RH61
Bought Xandros
and about a dozen books which had CDs inside.

Currently have about 8 linux partitions on 2 disks, which have RH8, Xandros, Debian 3, Gentoo (not working right still),Slackware latest, peanut, and probably some others.

If only I had all that money and time back.

Ed

OTOH, maybe the time has been well invested.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2002 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

we (my company) bought many SuSE distribution (1995 - 2001) but now we only use gentoo on all new machines.

We like portage and emerge ! :D
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 03, 2002 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

soulwarrior wrote:
Bought SuSE 7.3 and 8.0 (great idea to put a whole distribution on a dvd :)
but then I discovered Gentoo :-)

This sums up my experience as well, but I go back to SuSE 7.1. I also have to agree with a few others who have mentioned that the manuals were really good with SuSE. I would actually recommend buying a distro for it's manual because they are a nice intermediate step between man pages and internet docs and full blown textbooks and other technical publications sold at book stores. If you want to get more from what you learn in the manuals make yourself find the info on man pages as well. It will be easier to find since you will know more about what it is you want to see and you'll also be able to learn how things are typically stored in man page formats.
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