Free and cheap computing

Free and cheap computing

FREE SOFTWARE I go to a little community college and I ran across a very interesting deal. Apparently if a college is a certified Microsoft Academy (they pay tons of cash to the big M$) and you enroll in any tech class you might be eligible for free versions of home operating systems like XP Pro and Win98. You may also be able to get a hold of other M$ OSes that are acutally worth something (money wise, not really good for much else) like NT4 and Server 2003**. Even better are programs like Virtual machine, or best of all (because I'm a programmer) Visual Studio.net. This ammounts to thousands of dollars worth of software for the price of (at most) 3 units at a CC. If you're already enrolled in some kind of tech class (like networking, unix administration, etc) check with your instructor and see what's up. ....OR you could get Linux (or BSD) instead and have a more stable operating system that has more options and more powerful tools without having to pay a penny. Unfortunately in order to get any distro free you have to be able to download it, which generally means weeks of downloading over dial-up or finding a high-speed connection (but that's why we invented wardriving... which is legal). Linux also means lots of LEGAL free*** software like OO.o (OpenOffice.org, a replacement for M$ Office). Linux also makes referbished computing much more viable. Whereas Windows98 is too bug-ridden/slow/crappy and XP is too big for most older machines, there is a linux distros as small as 60 megs (that includes a some nice apps and a good low-end user interface). Any other advice on cheap hardware/software for the poor geek? ** I do believe that the contract you have to sign in order to get this software says that you can't legally re-sell it... but, just FYI, monopolies are illegal too... *** donations and free software groups (like FSF) keep these projects going, it's always nice to help if you can afford it...
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