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Linux exec: Personal computers will be free like phones
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| Look for personal computer users to soon get their hardware in the same way
| that they get their cell phones: for free as part of telecommunications
| service subscriptions, the executive director of the Linux Foundation said on
| Friday afternoon.
| In a presentation at the O'Reilly OSCON (Open Source Convention), Linux
| Foundation Executive Director Jim Zemlin said a trend will emerge in which
| users would select a wireless or network service provider and get a free PC
| when buying a data plan. AT&T, he said, already is offering netbooks as part
| of a service plan, with the user getting the netbook for $50.
The Free Beer Economy
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| Why is FREE! the world's best-selling noun, verb, adjective and adverb, yet
| so hard to credit as a foundation for business in the Internet Age? And what
| will happen when business folk finally grok the abundant opportunities that
| FREE! provides?
| Dictionary.com lists 49 meanings for the word free. Here in the World of
| Linux, there are two main ones: 1) the presence of liberty, 2) the absence of
| price. Or, as Richard M. Stallman drew the distinction, free-as-in-freedom
| and free-as-in-beer. Both kinds contributed enormously to the development not
| only of free and open source code, but to the Internet — the place where
| most of that code was written and on which most of it runs.
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