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From: gadgeteer at (
Subject: Re: NEVER open attachments

On Sun, Mar 21, 2004 at 09:05:11AM -0500, Luke Scharf ( wrote:
> > But that [outlook] entails paying
> > BIG BUCKS to some
> > large monopoly
> > 
> > many persons find that repugnant
> You already paid big bucks to that monopoly for Outlook Express.  The
> cost was just hidden with the cost of your computer.
> If you really find that repugnant, install Debian.

I do find that repugnant.  The Microsquish tax is on assembled hardware 
from the vendors (Dell, Gateway, et al) so I assemble my own (as well 
as for a short list of clients).  If a person goes down to the local 
Costco and buys a Dell they are still paying that M$ tax even if they 
turn around and install Debian, Suse, Fedora, whatever.

So, my advice is to seek out a white-box builder that uses quality 
parts that are selected to work well together and work well with FOSS.

As far as the OS is concerned I am sure Debian is a fine one however I 
choose different solutions.
Chief Gadgeteer
Elegant Innovations

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