Linux IS a free OS . . . provided you have a broadband internet connection to be
able to download a current or recent distro in a reasonable amount of time, and
a CD-ReWriter drive, so you can burn the ISO or ISOs on to CD-R discs.
If the commercial Linux makers such as SUSE and Mandrake are going to offer
downloadable copies of their distros for free, they have to charge for other
things such as technical support, otherwise they'd quickly go bankrupt.
Bear in mind, if you purchase a full boxed set Linux distro, the software you're
getting costs nothing. What you're paying for is the 30-90 days of technical
support, the packaging, and the plentiful supply of useful documentation.
With SUSE, the documentation usually comes in the form of at least one
guidebook containing about 300-400 pages. You definitely don't get
anything like that with a copy of Windows XP
There can be no way way of denying, that when you compare the cost of
buying a copy of Windows XP, and the cost of buying a commercial Linux,
distro, then Linux will usually give you far better value for money, since
it's much cheaper than buying a copy of Windows, and it usually comes
with lots of additional software packages at no extra cost.
A Linux distro will usually come with at least one office productivity suite,
such as OpenOffice and/or KOffice. If you want a copy of Microsoft Office
with your copy of Windows, then expect to pay more. A LOT more.
Also, with Linux, you're legally entitled to install the OS on as many PC's
as you wish. Try doing that with Windows, and you're breaking the law!
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SeaMonkey = Swiss Army Knife: It's versatile, reliable, and contains useful tools.
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