That actually sounds like a pretty decent idea, with the 1 exception being Canonical would likely try mooching off of the profits in some way.I wish you could donate to free open source software through Ubuntu software store.
I know this is a very ugly situation, but bad situations can make the thin end of the wedge. As a person who is not employed nor seeking the sort that would be offered to me, I cannot myself consider using anything that is behind a paywall. In this case, I do in fact make my own rescue sticks as someone suggested. In my case, that means an older version of Ubuntu in 32 bit, parted, gparted, LVM, MDMAM, and cryptsetup, plus a partition big enough to handle a dd image of my largest root partition plus the tarball of the last good image. I will probably have to make a 64 bit version at some point as you cannot chroot into a 64 bit OS from a 32 bit Maverick stick.
When I encounter a corporate site like a newpaper with a real paywall, I am usually quite aggressive about extracting the content around the paywall. The soft paywalls (number of articles per month, etc) don't work well against heavy anti-tracking where the browser runs in RAM, Ghostery and NoScript work togetger, Flash cookies are cleared every session, and unmounting .mozilla in RAM clears all supercookies(yes, I tested that, so long as Flash cookies are also cleared only browser fingerprinting is a possible but inaccurate workaround).
The way I see it, the issue if an actual paywall were erected would not be the personal choice to stop distribution except to paid customers, Rather, the issue would be contributing to the "segregated Internet" between free and paid content. If we ever do have open source software behind paywalls, newpapers will turn around and say "see, even the free software people do it." I'd rather see the Washington Post shuttered than have their paywall suceed (they've already been sold). My guess is lots of people agree-and rightly or wrongly fear that Ubuntu, Mint, Fedora, even Debian could be next, and everyone who does not want to pay would have to fork the last free version and maintain from source from then on.
Perhaps the answer would have been to have a current and supported version that does not go on the website, sold on disk or uploaded somewhere for one time download, and an older unsupported version on the website, sort of the inverse of RHEL vs Fedora. Folks like myself that "don't do pay" could simply ignore the paid version the way we ignore RHEL.
Last edited by Luke; 08-15-2013 at 03:39 AM.
My query is/was still not answered. Any diff. (visual or otherwise) between parted magic and gparted or are they the same thing ?
many other essential software for data rescue + stuff. If Parted is what you need, it's the same you would find in any distro, but Parted Magic is a very useful distro for many reasons so it's worth giving in a shot.
I think its wrong and the whole page looks crazy and anti-free. Instead of the link, I get windows-like payware site with a lot of ads. This kills the spirit.
For windows and mac users - go on, please PLEASE charge them, 20$ per copy. Yes, I know its bootable CD, but many will look for windows version.
They know only "shareware" so go ahead.
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But for Linux users, come on, put the bar, count it down from 3000$ per month, from which 2000$ would be sufficient for you (psychology) - and until its empty, do it via donation (Flattr or Paypal, not this Visa/Mastercard only crap - not only US is downloading). Donation grants one membership for half year, which means more attention and a thank you?
We are basically back to the commercial spirit, the rome-like division upon payed civs and unpayed slaves, ignorace, hidden links, DRM and co. Whilst one is proud of some income, the spirit, the bug reports, the community will degrade.