Is Linux free?

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Maye, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. Maye

    Maye New Member

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    It may seem like a stupid question, but for someone who is completely new to the concept of Linux, it isn't. So, please bear with me! Does Linux come with a fee, or is it completely free to use?

  2. psufootball

    psufootball New Member

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    100% free.

    You can try out the different "flavors" of it, all free. Some of the big ones are Ubuntu or Linux Mint.
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    Godric New Member

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    Great. I was wondering if it is something I needed to buy when I switch to "Dual booth".
  4. Sinister_Diagram

    Sinister_Diagram New Member

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    Linux is completely free as another poster stated. It is possible that you will find some Linux distributions that offer "Premium" versions, that generally include more software or other features not offered in the free versions, but the price is nothing compared to mainstream operating systems. And the upgrade process afterwards is free once a donation is made. However, the most user-friendly and popular versions will not cost you a dime!

    Oh and most people download and burn the Linux OS that they are interested in. However, it is possible to have some of the Linux distros shipped to your house and in this case, you may have to pay a small shipping & handling fee.
  5. DaReaper

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    Linux is an Open Source software and it's Free. So this means you can distribute, Modify, re-distribute the modified linux and even develop for it.

    The only Paid linux Distro's i've come across is Xandros which costs about 100$ maybe cause they might have some applications that cost. I don't know the actual reason why. But they also do have a Open Circulation Edition which is free.

    So overall Linux is free.
  6. Smokey

    Smokey New Member

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    Linux is and always will be free, and completely open source. Popular flavors for beginners are Ubuntu, Xubuntu and Linux Mint.

    I prefer Mint and Xubuntu over Ubuntu. Xubuntu is better suited for older less powerful systems and just feels better then ubuntu. Mint is also a nice choice. :) If you have a REALLY old laptop with minimalistic specs (less then 100MB MEMORY, 30GB hard drive or less) 700mhz or less, I recommend installing Puppy Linux on it and it will work just fine and be pretty snappy too for the specs on the machine.
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  7. grim76

    grim76 Active Member Staff Writer

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    There are versions that offer paid support/engineering. Red Hat, and Oracle Enterprise Linux are two that work that way. Those are typically for corp users and those that have the business requirement to have the support.
  8. scotty

    scotty New Member

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    You can find paid for distros, but they are more for businesses. Support is also paid for in these scenarios. But for the basic home user it is completely free. That includes all software, updates, and everything! Support you can find online in forums like this, but the free thing is one of the best things about linux!
  9. psufootball

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    "Dual boot" you mean? No, so long as you have already paid for Windows you can, for free, run Ubuntu or Mint or Xubuntu or whatever you want side-by-side. Just make sure that your PC can handle it.
  10. icebirdro

    icebirdro New Member

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    I heard somewhere that there are some paid distros out there but I don't know exacly which ones are. Linux kernel is completely free and open source, you can develop your own distro if you have the knowledge. Some distros that you should start with: Ubuntu, Mint.
  11. Jack Sepie

    Jack Sepie New Member

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    Linux is free, as the other people mentioned. It will never become paid because it's open sourced. People who donate to Linux get an upgraded version with more features and functionality. I would just recommend you the consumer one since you are just starting out with Linux. It's a great OS, compared to other Unix related operating systems. There are also many free versions for everyone to try and keep.
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    Well, they probably have custom features that can be implemented on request. Probably caters to large companies who would require custom OS and software to fit their needs.
  13. Maye

    Maye New Member

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    Woo! Thank you for all the responses. I will have to give Linux a try, now that I know it is free! FREE, is one of my favorite words. It's like music to my ears. I am off to download Linux now. :)
  14. pane-free

    pane-free Active Member

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    RedHat, Xandros (a new one on me), elive and Zorin all want money one way or another.
    Two types of "free:" as in Free Beer and as in Liberty.

    I used to buy pre-burnt distros from a place in Denver -- I believe it is called OSDisk or something like that -- very fast service.

    Welcome!
  15. sam300

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    Redhat and some others are paid while CentOS, Ubuntu are free.
  16. Renzaku

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    There are some distributions of Linux out there that are not free (I think Xandros is a distro that is pay to use), but the most popular ones out there (like Mint and Ubuntu) are free.
  17. Victor Leigh

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    Start with a small distro like Puppy Linux. Just a bit over 120Mb. And works from a pendrive. Not necessary to install into the hard drive at all.
  18. DaReaper

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    I agree, inspite of all other other Linux OS's having lots of software support and various other features, Puppy linux does outsmart them by it's size and portability.

    It can even be ran as a Live CD or you can have it installed on any small portable drive.
  19. Maye

    Maye New Member

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    Could you explain then why Linux us absolutely free? Just wondering.

    And what is the best "flavor" of Linux, Ubuntu, Xubuntu or Mint?
  20. Stefano Messicano

    Stefano Messicano New Member

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    Yes it is.There are a few Linux distro's that you have to pay for, but Ubuntu is 100% fully-fledged free.

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