"Nothing is free in this world", so why is Linux free?

There are plenty of free things in this world; free samples at Costco, gifts and presents (free for you, at least), rocks on the ground, the coffee at work, etc.


Linux is free and open-source software, which means that the source code is available for anyone to use, modify, and distribute. The idea behind this is that by making the software freely accessible, a community of developers can collaborate and contribute to its development, leading to a more robust and stable product. Additionally, the open-source nature of Linux allows for greater flexibility and customization, as users can modify the software to suit their specific needs.

It's also worth noting that while the Linux operating system itself is free, some commercial companies, such as Red Hat, make money by providing enterprise-level support, consulting and customizing it for businesses.


Added  Jan 26, 12:36 am

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