[oclug] Mandrake 8.2 FYI
rjordan at student.math.uwaterloo.ca
Mon Mar 18 19:04:29 EST 2002
> On Monday 18 March 2002 05:39 pm, Greg Sarsons wrote:
> > For those of you that are interested you can now download Mandrake 8.2.
> > I'm pulling it down from spheniscus.uninett.no at 115KB/s ... not a bad
> > speed for my istop.com dsl connection.
> Or better still, wait a couple of weeks and, if you can afford to, buy
> it. Many Free/OSS projects need our money as well as our advocacy if
> they are to survive. Mandrake in particular is asking its users to buy
> their box distro and/or join the Mandrake Club. Among the popular
> distros, Mandrake has been very committed to making their own projects --
> such as DiskDrake -- Free/OSS; they also employ developers to contribute
> to the KDE project. And they need to pay the rent, as do we all.
Though this brings up an interesting question.
What is the _best_ way to contribute?
Surely Mandrake only receives a fraction of the boxed purchase price.
But do stores and middle men carrying Linux software deserve some money
Would a donation to Mandrake (or Mandrake club) be a better use of
money? What about direct payment to a developer of some project you
particularly like. Order them a pizza?
Obviously something is better than nothing, but one might as well
maximize its value.
"Trying to make bits uncopyable is like trying to make water not wet.
The sooner people accept this, and build business models that take
this into account, the sooner people will start making money again".
-- Bruce Schneier
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