Order of the Butterfly
Posts: 243 from 2012/10/14
From: DFW, TX, USA
Only MacOS has actually a price of 105 euro circa (if I recall well price of standalone installer CD) [...] Other operating systems are less expensive (Windows and even AmigaOS 4.1 Final -just to mention direct competitor that drop its price to 39 euro-), while Linux and AROS are free.
It is important to view things in their proper context. Early adopters who upgraded to MorphOS 2.0 in 2008 have been able to upgrade to new OS releases for close to 7 years with absolutely no additional charges
If you bought a Mac computer with MacOS X Panther and then paid to upgrade to OS X Tiger and eventually OS X Leopard, you probably spent more on just OS updates than a lot of MorphOS users have spent on their Mac system plus MorphOS license.
Plus, the cost of many commercial OS distributions are ultimately hidden because they are subsidized via hardware in one way or another. Since you mentioned Linux, Canonical charge (substantial) fees to add official support for new custom computer systems to the "free" Ubuntu distribution, which can only be financed via higher hardware prices...
Everything said should answer people's concerns about the high cost for register MorphOS. Mac OS X release numerous updates, much more than MorphOS. When ever OS X changes its nickname, they charge you again usually they just add frills and gimmicks. The gullible crowd has zero issues in repaying for OS X each year, and sometimes twice per year!
Reducing the cost to register MorphOS should not be necessary. Instead, if some introductory MorphOS hardware should be ported with MorphOS registration on that hardware cost reduced.
Or you could point out much more clearly that MorphOS has free updates and mention the fact on the website.
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