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Old 11-13-2006, 12:25 AM   #16
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I agree, it is saying "The true spirit of Linux is zero cost (free as in beer)". Yes, I do find that offensive.

Additionally, it's a terrible idea to introduce newbie's with. The obvious implication is to say, "Hey, we cost nothing!" and that's fine. It should be said in another way though. What is offensive is the attempt to associate "no cost" with the "true spirit of Linux".
 
Old 11-13-2006, 03:17 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Sepero
I agree, it is saying "The true spirit of Linux is zero cost (free as in beer)". Yes, I do find that offensive.

Additionally, it's a terrible idea to introduce newbie's with. The obvious implication is to say, "Hey, we cost nothing!" and that's fine. It should be said in another way though. What is offensive is the attempt to associate "no cost" with the "true spirit of Linux".
I still don't get why its offensive to associate "no cost" with Linux because Linux is generally associated with being free as in freedom and free as in price, which makes that statement is pretty accurate to me. The GPL focuses on the free as in freedom part, but Linux is not all about the GPL since most distros contain a lot of software governed by other OSS licences. From your post above it seems like you have issues with the semantics of the statement and not the statement itself.
 
Old 11-13-2006, 09:20 AM   #18
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In order to ensure we don't add to the gratis vs. libre confusion that exists, I've updated the wording. Thanks for the feedback.

--jeremy
 
Old 11-13-2006, 09:50 AM   #19
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Will someone feel offended if I say "air is free"? It takes your time to breath.
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only "costs nothing" if your time is worthless
, right?
 
Old 11-13-2006, 09:59 AM   #20
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come on guys lets not argue about philosopy in depth

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