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Date:      Wed, 23 Feb 2005 19:46:47 +0100
From:      Anthony Atkielski <>
Subject:   Re: Different OS's? Marketshare
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Jacob S writes:

> Good. I'm glad to see the average Windows user looking around the
> computer store still gets to see an alternative once in a while.

I'm pretty sure I've seen Mandrake, SuSE, RedHat, Fedora, and a couple
of other Linux versions in computer stores.

A few years ago, I bought my first copy of FreeBSD (4.3) in a computer
store.  Now I can't find FreeBSD anywhere; I had to burn my own CD from
a download to install 5.3.

> So, where on do you see them trying to sell something?

On the first page, with the ad for XS4ALL.  If you click on "Getting
Debian," the first option given is purchase of the CDs.

> But Linux was compared to Microsoft, which would indicate that some
> consider it to be giving in to evil influences.

I don't think the trend towards commercialism is healthy, noble, or
altruistic, although it's understandable.  But it's a bit hypocritical
of Linux fans to claim disdain for the Microsoft-style business model
when they are following precisely in Microsoft's footsteps themselves.
Of course, this was inevitable, but the Linux crowd never understood


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