I am torn between joining Mandriva Club
(silver level for $66/year) or going with SuSE Linux
, which is free.
Paying for Mandriva gets me all the proprietary stuff (like video drivers and third-party apps) and access to a bunch of other downloads. Plus, I'd be supporting a product I have been using for over a year.
But SuSE is also really slick and the box I installed it on is starting to become my main computer.
I like the applications that are available for Mandriva, and that may be the final point. At any rate, I am a total leech right now and have never paid for any variant of Linux I have used in the last 7 or 8 years. Not that that is illegal or anything. It is PERFECTLY LEGAL
. I am just saying that as a matter of ethics, if you use a product and find it valuable, you should (again. not required, but should) contribute something back. Think of it as a "thank you" letter....
I think that I will pay for Mandriva. It is optimized for i586 machines and my old box is an i686 class, it being a Pentium II. It seems like that would help the ancient hardware limp along for a while longer. I'll continue to run SuSE on my newer machine.