Ubuntu 12.10 to include ads, will Slackware be next? :-)
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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
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.