M0PHP wrote:What I don't like about Mandriva and SuSE is that they aren't free in the traditional sense of, say, Debian.
I've bought 3 different boxed versions of SuSE (7.2, 8.2 & 9.2). I figure it's worth it for the manuals you get with it (although they do seem to be getting slimmer these days) - I know it isn't eco-friendly, but I still find printed manuals easier to use than their electronic equivalents.
But as far as I'm aware I could get exactly the same software package over the internet by doing an ftp-based install, and it wouldn't cost me anything (I'm on an uncapped broadband connection).
And, of course, there's no limit to the number of machines I can install my purchases on, and no restriction on selling/giving away the old versions should I wish to.
I don't know if Mandriva do things differently...
Or are you referring to Debian's avoidance of non-GPL packages in their distro ?