Can someone explain to me why the fuck I should pay for installing packages that are available in other distros?

WTF Ubuntu???

  • Avid Amoeba@lemmy.ca
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    2 months ago

    These packages are not available in other distros and you can get them for free for up to 5 machines. Previously you weren’t able to get them at all without paying for corp support.

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    It’s free for personal use. It used to be a paid-only service to let you get 10 years of security updates (LTS support is usually only 5)

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      Right, it’s premium support for corporations that want to stick with a release past its normal expiration date.

      The labor required to perform that maintenance costs money, and honestly it’s shit work that you’d have to pay me a lot to convince me to do.

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    I don’t use ubuntu, so this is news to me. Please clarify by answering this question: The fuck?

    • fuckwit_mcbumcrumble@lemmy.dbzer0.com
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      2 months ago
      1. Ubuntu Pro is free now for personal use

      2. You’re paying for extra support. This is nothing new. This is how FOSS makes money outside of begging for donations.

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        2 months ago

        So basically they’re following the redhat model? OP made it seem like something very different…

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    I don’t run Ubuntu, but was surprised I’d not heard of this.

    This is canonical trying to make money for security updates, and stopping companies just running it for free, instead of using a licence (my own take). They are following a model by IBM, apparently.

    You can get round it by getting a ‘pro’ licence for free for up to 5 machines. At least according to ask Ubuntu. https://askubuntu.com/questions/1452299/im-getting-the-message-the-following-security-updates-require-ubuntu-pro-with

    More reasons to avoid Ubuntu, imo.

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      That’s not at all what’s happening. Canonical have not put anything that was previously available without an account, behind this service. As others have noted, they’re making something that was previously paid-only, free for up to 5 machines.