Free and cheap
Posted Apr 4, 2009 19:48 UTC (Sat) by man_ls
In reply to: Free and cheap
Parent article: Light and Cheap, Netbooks Are Poised to Reshape PC Industry (New York Times)
Xandros is indeed a non-free distribution (you cannot redistribute it freely). Ubuntu is mostly free (except for branded components I guess). I am not sure about the netbook distro, but it is probably the same; in any case a hardware maker could download a copy, remove all proprietary components and add back whatever they like. But OEMs pay for customization and integration anyway; in the end it is a per-unit fee quite similar to a license, albeit (in this case) much lower.
The above is pretty much speculation, but the real picture should not be too far off.
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