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mrascii 09-22-2012 03:37 PM

Ubuntu 12.10 to include ads, will Slackware be next? :-)
 
No, I don't believe PV would do that. But if sales don't pick up. . . . ;)

Gee, Is Slackware the only sane distro left?

DNA
AKA mrascii

hitest 09-22-2012 05:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrascii (Post 4786712)
No, I don't believe PV would do that. But if sales don't pick up. . . . ;)

Gee, Is Slackware the only sane distro left?

DNA
AKA mrascii

I suggest that we help out PV and buy a subscription, make a donation, and/or buy stuff at the Store. I've got a subscription. :)

Habitual 09-22-2012 08:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hitest (Post 4786758)
I suggest that we help out PV and buy a subscription, make a donation, and/or buy stuff at the Store. I've got a subscription. :)

I tried to help by attempting a Subscription purchase, but I am not certain that the process of making such a purchase completed. All I have is a screen shot of the online page that appears to have all the necessary info for purchase. Dated 08/25/2012

No paypal activity in my inbox. I inquired to sales@store.slackware.com but I have not received a reply to my inquiry.

I'd buy a couple of T-shirts and Slackware Essentials also, maybe a 14 bundle.

All I'd like to know is if the order went through, or if the confirmation will be forthcoming once 14 is released.

mrascii 09-22-2012 08:24 PM

Check again on Monday. I'm sure Pat is busy processing all the orders from ex-Ubuntu users. :)

DNA
AKA mrascii

andrew.46 09-22-2012 08:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrascii (Post 4786712)
Gee, Is Slackware the only sane distro left?

I can see this sort of change leading to yet another diaspora of Ubuntu users as Canonical again demonstrate their disconnection from their users :(.

frankbell 09-22-2012 08:59 PM

When I bought my subscription (I used a credit card), I did not get billed until the discs actually shipped.

They have been arriving reliably since v. 11.0.

H_TeXMeX_H 09-23-2012 03:11 AM

Well, I heard that you can disable the Ubuntu ads, but in the future, you know where it is headed ... where it was always headed, it'll be Window$ with an Ubuntu kernel (that's what they call it now).

andrew.46 09-23-2012 03:15 AM

It saddens me, I was with Ubuntu since 2006 and in its time it had great promise.... not sure where it is headed now :(.

speck 09-23-2012 03:44 AM

Ubuntu is morphing into something like Android and in the future will probably not be recognizable as Linux. Best of luck to Canonical and Ubuntu users, but I'm glad I decided to stick with Slackware when Ubuntu burst onto the scene a few years ago.

konsolebox 09-23-2012 04:16 AM

With respect to Ubuntu, how about Debian?

Not mentioning other Ubuntu-based distros like Mint and Zorin.

Celyr 09-23-2012 05:01 AM

If slackware will be shipped with ads I will end my subscription. That's not a menace I just can't believe that someone can be so ill, Ubuntu has better to quit from being a GNU\Linux distribution because it's not more that by a while.

animeresistance 09-23-2012 05:25 AM

LoL ...

Canonical, after all, is a business, think they are managing like that ...

Let's support our fav distro, let's buy the DVDs, i don't have credit card, so i can't afford the suscription :(

sycamorex 09-23-2012 05:44 AM

If you guys want to comment on Ubuntu actions, the Ubuntu section of LQ will be more appropriate. Why drag Slackware into it? As you can probably guess, Slackware would be one of the last distros to follow Ubuntu's example so not sure what this thread is supposed to accomplish. This has nothing to do with Slackware. Furthermore, statements like:
Quote:

If slackware will be shipped with ads I will end my subscription.
may suggest some tangible possibility. A few months ago we witnessed what absurdities it can lead to. It only takes one irresponsible author.

If you have spare time on your hands, why not actually HELP Slackware and contribute to the Slackware Documentation Project instead?

Habitual 09-23-2012 10:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sycamorex (Post 4786994)
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If you have spare time on your hands, why not actually HELP Slackware and contribute to the Slackware Documentation Project instead?

Actually, I have tons and I need to decide what to do with some 'extra' time off from getting paid in the coming Winter Season, as I expect a slowdown building Clouds. I'd love to be able to say "I wrote that and people use it" for anything in the Slackware Family.

Have you seen my blog? I'm a geek's geek.
I am not sure anyone could follow an example I wrote. I have no "flow". Wiki editing is crazy markup and makes me doubt my sanity. My "style" may not be "contributing" to Slackware if it's in poor form.

I'd rather be able to say "I support Slackware" in a manner that I know has an impact in another way, ca$h, but I am not apposed to working on a physical contribution to the DOCs, but I could also support by providing low-traffic server resources to the people who support Slackware.

I have many resources, but I'd prefer to help where I feel it could best be used and cash goes a long way.

I could contribute here at LQ also!

Have a Great Day.
Edit: I realize the quoted comment may not be directed at me personally.

BlackRider 09-23-2012 10:59 AM

It is interesting (and somehow worrying) to see the directions other big players are taking.

I don't think adds are evil but I would not support a distribution that shipped them, sorry :-) Selling software seems less of a business nowadays, so those who want to make money out of software need to choose between:
  • Give free software with advertisements or promote third party stuff for money.
  • Sell tech support or other related services (including OEM optimization)
  • Make a living out of donations.

Mainstream stuff tends to follow the first (e.g: Mozilla includes a search bar which points to Google -profit!-, makes deals with certificate authorities -more profit!- etc).

Only big companies targeting the enterprise market have a chance with the second option.

"Elite Stuff" which has few users of a similar profile tends to generate a kind of group identity, so I think it is more likely that a member of this Elite-Groups will contribute with money or manpower, making the third option attractive. I remember reading something like the following from an OpenBSD user: "I know you Ubuntu guys hate the whole idea of buying, but we OpenBSD guys gladly buy the CD sets to support the project, because it is money what keeps OpenBSD running." I usually see more references of Slackware subscriptors than of Ubuntu donors.

Yeah, and I am a subscribed too.


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