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Old 10-02-2002, 03:51 AM   #1
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Question Is it legal?!?

Is it legal to buy Mandrake 9 or any of the other popular/commercial flavours of Linux via a third-party selling copies they've created themselves?

I found a guy selling Mandrake 9 for NZ$17 on an auction site, but I notice Mandrake asks for financial support when attempting a download from their website.

Not that I can download it anyway with my 56K modem...confused.
Old 10-02-2002, 04:54 AM   #2
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if the guy is just blatantly selling CDR's burnt with the mandrake ISO files then that's fine, i think it becomes potentnailly dubious if he's trying to pass them off as auhentic, which would be a silly thing to do anyway
Old 10-24-2002, 07:17 AM   #3
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if the distro is downloaded off the interenet and burnt to cd,s , one thing to note is that it will differ in that if you won,t get the applications cd, i believe it only comes with mandrakes retail version. i am waiting for mandrake 9 powerpack to released, hoping soon

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Old 10-25-2002, 05:05 AM   #4
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Hi all,

it's a legal thing ... because Mandrake 9.0 is a free distro !!

You can find it on for only $9.29 !


Old 10-26-2002, 07:06 AM   #5
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Two post - two adverts. Offering your services is great but I hope your not just going to advertise your site in reply to every question where someone wants a distro!


Old 10-27-2002, 02:09 AM   #6
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Buy the distro from MDK official shop, then you can get their support. but maybe a little expensive. Download and resell their distro is legal. You needn't to worry about it.
To me, $9 is very expensive, and I would not buy it. I perfer to downloading it over FTP.
One blank CD-R cost almost 0.2$, if you buy much more it will be more cheap .I bought 100 pieces cost about 14$. Use your money carefully!


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