(1 year) $349USD”I just stumbled upon RedHat’s price-list for subscriptions/support for RHEL. It reminded me what a great bargain Debian GNU/Linux is:
- for one low price of $0, you get an operating system you can use anywhere: on your desktop, on your server, on any number of installations, …
- the software is pretty good. It’s tested about two years before it’s good enough to be released. If you’re only using a few widely used applications, the chances of encountering an unfixed bug or vulnerability are tiny.
- in addition to Free Software licensing (you can run, examine, modify and distribute the software!) you get the Debian Social Contract, that means you, the user, are being respected and Debian will play “nice” with the Free Software Community. There will be no misusing of the software to achieve some corporate/marketing/ulterior goal.
- the most important way Debian helps you control your software instead of being controlled by it is the APT (Advanced Packaging Tool). It allows you to update any or all of the software on any or all of your computers with a few clicks. No longer do you have to hunt for drivers/applications/software all over the web. Debian mirrors (hundreds all over the world) are the original “app store”, invented back in 1998 when many were still using Lose ’95, that other OS, and drivers, applications, malware, crashes etc. were nightmares.
Go on, give it a try. You know you want it.