[Wolves] anyone tried XTRA-PC - why charging for linux?

David Goodwin david at codepoets.co.uk
Mon Apr 25 20:52:04 UTC 2022

On 25/04/2022 20:43, Mark Croft Redditch Linux Mint via Wolves wrote:
> hi
> friend pointed me too XTRA-PC usb that being sold for £35. seems a lot
> for a specialised linux usb pen?
> https://now.getxtra-pc.io/GSRCH/UK/x-38/?ci=14164451737&ai=125720080979&de=m&dm=&cr=537458919501&ts=g&kw=xtra-pc&ac=4825081799&gclid=CjwKCAjwjZmTBhB4EiwAynRmDyQ80KTRce5CtlCfHWFL8D1XA0sH_i12PPjPoJgHyqP9mJ0YgY6A-RoCIS0QAvD_BwE
> are they breaking any licences? i guess they maybe so closed source in
> there that costing £35?

My understanding is ...

They can charge whatever they like for a USB stick with whatever variant 
of Linux on it. As could you.

Whether anyone will buy it, is another matter.

If you purchase it from them, they are required to provide the source 
code to you (thanks to the GPL). At which point you could create Mark's 
ExtraSpecialPCTurboPlusPlus .... and (assuming you don't fall foul of 
trademarks/copyright laws) you could then resell it at a lower cost than 
them or even make it available to others for free.

I am not a lawyer.


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