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Linux is free as in price and freedom although you can pay for it if you wish. That makes that statement a valid one, so I fail to see whats offensive about it. I doubt that you are the only GNU supporter on this site. I think the majority of people on this forum are GNU supporters, otherwise they wouldn't be using an OS that heavily relies on many GNU tools.
Am I the only one that finds this offensive? Am I the only GNU supporter in this forum? Even if you don't support GNU, Linux only "costs nothing" if your time is worthless.
It would never have occurred to me that this would be offensive.
In terms of resources (time, money, etc.) nothing is free. Perhaps one way to view the freedom of OSS, GNU, Linux, etc. is that you are given personal freedom as to how to spend your resources. After some false starts, MY personal choice is to never pay for the SW directly if I don't have to. My payback is with my time--trying to help people in fora such as LQ. (And I do contribute $ here.)
No brother u r not the only one. I am too(and there are millions like us). I just have good feelings and i really appreciate whatever Stallman has done (with others who voluntered tooo). Open Source is also good but i suppoirt GNU because they did all when needed and when it came time for Business, Open Source took the advantake.
Sorry if i hurt anyone(but i didnt mean i dont like Open Source). I support both and have regrets that i use MICROSOFT os and software (also now i have to use it to do my project )
As technologies like DMCA start to filter in under the radar of the "average citizen"; getting more people discussing "freedom" is important.
Personally, the question (rather the response) in the FAQ didn't bother me when I read it. It still doesn't because it would be very difficult to live in a world where we nit-pick things like this. I'd prefer to tolerate the little faux-pas, and find other ways to impress the important messages.
I different take- I remember when I first came to the forum, oh, all those years ago when I really had no clue about linux, or FSF (etc) I saw that message, and was so impacted by the friendliness of that statement that I signed up. It was an "oh! they're friendly" thought.
The question and answer are fine as-is. It's reasonable for an LQ newbie to wonder whether LQ.org requires paid membership to participate in the forums, and the answer is No. I think most people (excepting RMS of course) would consider the "GNU/Linux" vs. "Linux" debate to be too obscure and esoteric to really matter.