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Should you pay for a bunch of Linux distributions on DVD?

December 31, 2012

There’s an interesting collection of 64-bit Linux distributions available called the “Linux Diversity Collection.” You can purchase it on Amazon.com for $39.95.

Linux Diversity Collection

Award-winning Linux operating systems with complete set of open source applications for desktops, laptops and servers
Includes “Introduction to Linux” video DVD and updated UNIX Academy Selected Linux Training Library of 52 PDF books for new and experienced Linux users
Productivity suite, Web browser, and email for your everyday needs plus free security updates
Includes printed Quick Reference Card of Linux and UNIX commands and Complimentary Evaluation Exam by UNIX Academy
Includes complete DVD installations for full OS including lifetime free updates!

It includes the following:

Ubuntu 12.10
Kubuntu 12.10
openSUSE 12.2
Fedora 17
Debian 6
CentOS 6
Mint 13
Gentoo 12
Mandriva 2011
Slackware 14

The Linux Diversity Collection

The Linux Diversity Collection

While I’m sure that it might be useful for a few folks to get this collection on DVD, I can’t see it making sense for most people. You can easily visit DistroWatch to download any of these distributions for free.

And I’m not sure how many people would really need or want to experiment with all of them anyway. Most desktop distro users would tend to gravitate toward one of the Ubuntus or Linux Mint as the most obvious choices.

Linux Mint 14 is also out already, so the version on the DVD is outdated already anyway.

I suppose that one could make an argument that the “Intro to Linux” video might be useful, but there are plenty of those sorts of books, web pages and videos available for free.

Still, I hate to be completely negative about this idea for the simple reason that I tend to appreciate any effort to promote Linux use. But I can’t help but think that this isn’t going to appeal to very many people.

What’s your take on it? Would you buy it? Tell me in the comments.


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4 Responses to Should you pay for a bunch of Linux distributions on DVD?

  1. Carling on February 11, 2013 at 5:17 am

    In that case I better start making 4, 8, gigabyte Multi boot usb flash drives and install multiple version of Linux operating systems. On a 4 gig I have got the latest releases of Linux Lite, Limpus, Pmagic, Peppermint and Slax, That I demonstrate Linux with

  2. Brian Masinick on December 31, 2012 at 3:54 am

    I’ll repost a quick comment: not worth $39 unless Amazon.com is actively contributing to the free software infrastructure; they are big CONSUMERS of free software infrastructure, particularly in Cloud Computing, and the recent Kindle Fire units use Linux-based kernels, so perhaps they are not the worst place to “donate” to a cause, but unless you cannot download easily (there are still a few people like that out there) the rest of us have broadband, in which case it makes little sense to pay $39 more when we are often already paying $100+ per month for broadband access.

    • Jim Lynch on December 31, 2012 at 11:55 pm

      That’s a really good point, Brian. I hadn’t thought of that. But I am not sure how much Amazon would make from the discs, though they must be getting a cut, right?

  3. Jim Lynch on December 31, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Just a heads up that this article is a repost due to some site problems. I was able to save it via Google’s cached copy.

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