> ...w...@cs.brown.edu writes: > ...wes...@smurf.sti.com (Will Estes) writes: > > This is a bit embarrassing to have to point out, but did you realize > > that Microsoft is selling Windows/NT on CD-ROM for $69? I mean, is > > Microsoft's proprietary 32-bit operating system even more free than > > free GNU UNIX? :) ... > As for your assertion that MS's NT is "more free" than the Linux stuff..
Perhaps I'm loosing track of all this, but I think you're all missing the meaning of the term "free software". I do believe that several people (including RMS, if I remember correctly) have frequently pointed out that the "free" in "free software" w.r.t. to GNU doesn't really mean that the software is available for no-money-down, but rather, it refers to the fact that the software is unencumbered (tho, I guess some may argue over the details of the GPL).
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems that you guys are all arguing about something off the track -- some people will want W/NT for their boxes, while others will want GNU/Linux. Anyway, the difference between 70 and 100 bucks is pretty small compared to the cost of the hardware. The real issue, I think, is that NT and Linux most likely appeal to different crowds. I'd run Lunix (if I had a 486 box lying around), but most of the non-computer people in my lab certainly wouldn't.
Hmm, perhaps I shouldn't have gotten involved.. It's been a LONG time since I posted to an impending flame war.. /Jamie -- EMAIL: ma...@cns.caltech.edu PHONE: (818) 356-6816 FAX: (818) 449-0679 USMAIL: Div. of Biology 216-76, Caltech, Pasadena, CA, USA 91125 "don't shoot someone tomorrow that you can shoot today", housemartins