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  • #16
    Originally posted by nebby
    If MS reduced their OS prices a little, then more people would buy.
    Their prices are already the lowest among any other commercial software package. The upgrade from 98 to XP Home retails for $79.00 (US) currently. The upgrade from Mac OS X 10.2 to Mac OS X 10.3 retails for $129.95 currently. Redhat retails for $129.00 and up depending on the version. Suse Professional is $89.95. AIX costs per processor as do most other commercial Unix OSes. Etc...

    Everyone complains about prices but Windows is already fairly cheap. I upgraded my machines from Windows 98SE in 2002. That means I used the software for 3 years for an average license cost of $30.00 per year. With XP, I will get 4 years of use out of it before Longhorn and at $80 retail, that is only $20.00 per year. Heck, I can't even go to a decent lunch with my wife for such a low cost.

    Please note: I am specifically not comparing Open Source distributions of Linux and this is not an invitation for Linux users to start their propagandizing yet again.
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    • #17
      All distributions of Linux are open source...

      And wouldn't SuSE being $89 for pro and somewhere near $49 for home make it the cheapest commercial OS? Since those are full OSes and not upgrades compare them to the prices of the full versions.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by UHN_ED
        And wouldn't SuSE being $89 for pro and somewhere near $49 for home make it the cheapest commercial OS? Since those are full OSes and not upgrades compare them to the prices of the full versions.
        Didn't know there was a Home version. Only the Pro version is available at retail here and it cost me $89.00 to upgrade from 8.0 to 9.0 so I would consider it an upgrade price.
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        • #19
          Originally posted by Wayne Luke
          The upgrade from Mac OS X 10.2 to Mac OS X 10.3 retails for $129.95 currently.
          Well, there is no "Upgrade" CD normally, like there is with other OS's where you have a seperate disk for full installs and a seperate one for upgrades. That one CD of OS X for $129 works as an upgrade disk from any version of OS X or as a full install disk.

          The only real upgrade disk you'll see with OS X is if you purchase a machine after they announce the next version of OS X (like, if you buy one with 10.2 installed a few weeks before 10.3 hits shelves), in which case you can get a special upgrade-only disk for $20.

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          • #20
            So unless you get lucky with a "few week" window, then it is $129.95 to upgrade to the newest Macintosh OS?

            I think that is what I said originally. What point is it in arguing semantics? If I went into the store today to purchase a disc to upgrade a Macintosh to 10.3 it would cost me $129.95, that is all that really matters isn't it?

            It might come to a shock to some but there is no difference between a Windows Upgrade disk and a Windows Full Installation disk either except for a version check in the upgrade application. Both are capable of doing a complete install from scratch as well.
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            • #21
              You can get full XP Home & Pro OEM copys for about half the price, from vendors and such, granted your willing to buy a peice of hardware

              CDRW + Windows XP PRo == 200 us

              A local place sells OEM copys if you buy a peice of hardware works well for me

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              • #22
                I wasn't trying to prove any point, just wanted to correct your post (it's boring here in chem class so I had nothing else to do )

                And with your last paragraph, the same applies to the OS X disks too
                I was lucky and got the upgrade disk (legally) and just removed a file from the CD, reburned it, and I just saved $110

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                • #23
                  Local college gives Windows Copies and keys away for free....I long since quit those evil evil ways


                  Its paid with my technology fee or something along those lines.

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                  • #24
                    whens sp 2 come out?

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Zachery
                      You can get full XP Home & Pro OEM copys for about half the price, from vendors and such, granted your willing to buy a peice of hardware

                      CDRW + Windows XP PRo == 200 us

                      A local place sells OEM copys if you buy a peice of hardware works well for me
                      Usually they just give you a free cable or something

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Marco
                        Get a replacement disc. Won't cost more than $10USD at most. You already own the licenses, you just need the media.
                        Where? How do I prove I have a legal copy, mail em my three cases with the windows sticker on them?

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                        • #27
                          Contact Microsoft Support.
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