[Wolves] Switching people to Linux

Andy Wootton andy.wootton at wyrley.demon.co.uk
Sun Oct 31 01:08:49 GMT 2004

B wrote:

>> On Sun, 2004-10-31 at 01:23 +0100, Andy Wootton wrote:
>>>> There is a really nice flight sim for Linux, take a look at Flight 
>>>> Gear.
>>>> The on-line play is free at the moment too!
>>> "Free at the moment" worries me in relation to weaning people off 
>>> Microsoft...     
>> Targetware, the software will always be free to down-load as far as I
>> can see. To play on line over the 'net is beta test and free, there 
>> will be
>> be a fee when it goes final. But to fly on localhost, i.e. your linux
>> box, won't cost...
> Barry,

Yes, I understood that but when introducing new people to Free Software 
it is nice if you can keep the message as simple as possible:

Linux isn't free as in Outlook - "now buy this Exchange server" or free 
as in Internet Explorer (until the web has been converted to proprietary 
standards) or as in mortgage interest ( for the first month of the 25 

Later on people can learn about licences and services and support 
companies and making a contribution but when you just want them to try 
it, the argument is much more persuasive if it just plain Free.


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